Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimichi Mogi indicated at a press conference on July 13 that an additional 1 million doses of the new coronavirus vaccine will be provided to Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia, respectively. The vaccines will be shipped to the countries and regions on July 15.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported today that Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimichi Mogi announced at a press conference on July 13 that he would provide an additional 1 million doses of the new coronavirus vaccine to Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia. Together with this amount, the total amount of vaccine provided by Japan to Taiwan will be 3.37 million doses, 3.1 million doses to Vietnam and 2 million doses to Indonesia.
According to the report, Taiwan has a serious vaccine shortage, with the vaccination rate for the entire population at only 10%. Pharmaceutical companies in mainland China have signed contracts to provide a total of 10 million doses of the new crown vaccine to Taiwan charities and other groups for a fee. Vaccination is slow in Southeast Asia, where mutated viruses are rampant. Indonesia’s daily average of more than 40,000 new infections was a record high. Vietnam has adopted a ban on non-essential non-emergency outings in its largest city, Ho Chi Minh City.
According to Mogi, coordination is underway to ship a total of 11 million doses of vaccine to Cambodia, Laos and Iran, among others. The vaccines will be delivered through the COVAX agency, an international framework for vaccine supply.