Japan Offers 3 M. Vaccine Doses at Pacific Islands Summit

Politics

Tokyo, July 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, at an online summit with Pacific island nations on Friday, pledged a supply of three million COVID-19 vaccine doses in total within this year.

Suga also offered to provide support for vaccine rollouts, including help for developing cold chain logistics for novel coronavirus vaccines.

Japan aims to counter China's growing influence on the Pacific island nations by extending assistance fully tailored to their needs, officials said.

The doses will be given through the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program from mid-July.

"In addition to providing equipment and technical cooperation for developing cold chain logistics, we will give comprehensive support including strengthening health care systems and facilitating economic recovery," Suga said. The details were included in the summit declaration.

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