The Foreign Ministry of Japan has said that the country will provide 4.5-billion-yen (about 1.3 billion baht) grant aid through an international organisation to 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific Islands region to help them build a cold-chain distribution network for Covid-19 vaccines.
According to a statement by Japan’s Foreign Ministry, currently, ensuring equitable access and swift distribution of vaccines is the common challenge for the international community towards the goal of containing COVID-19. Japan has been contributing to formulating the COVAX Facility, an international mechanism to ensure and accelerate equitable access to vaccines regardless income level, and has announced its financial contribution of 200 million US dollars in total. This Emergency Grant Aid is aimed at delivering vaccines to each and every person in the all corners of developing countries, which will complement efforts of the COVAX Facility. Based on its experience in helping to build medical supply networks that reach every corner of developing countries, Japan will continue to extend support to deploy vaccines to every person in the world with a view to containing COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
(Southeast Asia: 10 countries)
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam
(Southwest Asia: 5 countries)
Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
(Pacific Island region: 10 countries)
Cook Islands, Fiji, Micronesia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.