Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that his country will share more 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with other countries, Japan Times reported on Thursday.
After the latest announced commitment, Japan’s total pledge will reach 60 million doses as the state undertook providing another countries with 30 million COVID-19 doses.
More than 23 million locally-manufactured AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were distributed with neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Regarding the rest of Japan’s pledge doses, they will be shared through COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) to secure the concept of equal sharing of vaccines, especially with developing and poor countries. In addition, Japan committed funding COVAX with $1 billion.
The Asian state became the third largest vaccine donator, behind the US, and China.
On the other hand, US aims to purchase 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses of Pfizer to donate to the developing countries.
The Biden administration is still negotiating with several companies to reach the best deal, however, the US is keen to widen its global participation in the vaccine sharing process.
In the same context, Bloomberg highlighted that the US will distribute the doses to the developing countries through COVAX.