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TOKYO: Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Monday outlined Japan’s contributions to the international COVAX vaccine program to an online COVID-19 Global Action Meeting hosted by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken with participants including Saudi Arabia, the foreign ministry said.
Hayashi said Japan’s contributions aimed at enabling equitable access to vaccines, including its $1 billion contribution to COVAX as well as the donation of more than 40 million vaccine doses.
Japan’s support to around 60 countries also aimed at strengthening vaccination capacities, according to the foreign ministry.
Japan would lead the efforts to “Get Shots in Arms” in cooperation with other countries, the Japanese foreign minister said.
He also mentioned the necessity to further strengthen cooperation between finance and health authorities to prevent, prepare and respond to future health threats, emphasizing that Japan would proactively contribute to the discussions through the World Health Organization and G20 meetings, as well as the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD 8, to be held in August.
Blinken announced that the US would like to promote concrete actions by each country through implementing the “COVID-19 Prioritized Global Action Plan for Enhanced Engagement” in order to help contain COVID-19 during 2022 and to strengthen readiness for future pandemics.
About 60 countries participated in the the “Last One Mile Support” program.