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To ensure that ‘no one gets left behind’ in the fight against COVID-19, Japan will donate AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines, the Japanese Ambassador in the Philippines said in a tweet Tuesday, June 15.
“Glad to be the bearer of good news today! Japan will donate AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines, and we’ll make sure to deliver them at the soonest possible time so no one gets left behind during this pandemic,” Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa’s tweet read.
In a Facebook post, the embassy said that the donation is part of Japan’s efforts to assist the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
“Foreign Minister (Toshimitsu) Motegi just announced today Japan’s intent to donate AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Japan to the Philippines,” the post read, although the announcement did not disclose the number of doses to be donated.
The initiative is outside the vaccines coming from the COVAX facility, the embassy noted. The embassy will coordinate with the Philippine government for the quick delivery of the jabs.