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Japan says to ship 1.1m more AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to Taiwan

TOKYO — Japan will ship about 1.1 million more doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine to Taiwan, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday (July 6), after previously delivering 1.24 million doses last month.

Japan says to ship 1.1m more AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to Taiwan

Cargo being loaded into a Japan Airlines aircraft to transport AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines donated by the Japanese government to Taiwan, at Narita Airport in Narita, Chiba prefecture on June 4, 2021.

TOKYO — Japan will ship about 1.1 million more doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine to Taiwan, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday (July 6), after previously delivering 1.24 million doses last month.

Mr Motegi told a news conference that the vaccines would be shipped on Thursday. In addition, Japan plans to ship 1 million doses each to Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam this week, following earlier donations to Indonesia and Malaysia.

By the middle of July, Japan will start shipments of 11 million doses through the Covax facility, which provides vaccines for needy countries, for nations in South Asia and the Pacific islands, Mr Motegi said.

Japan has pledged US$1 billion (S$1.34 billion) and 30 million doses to Covax and said last month its direct shipments to Asian neighbours are being made to speed up delivery. REUTERS

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