Suga Vows Japan's Supply Of 3 mil. Vaccine Doses To Pacific Nations

Suga Vows Japan's Supply Of 3 mil. Vaccine Doses To Pacific Nations

Japan will provide Pacific island nations and territories with 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from mid-July through the U.N.-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing program, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday.

Andrew H. Sweet

Japan also pledged assistance to help Pacific countries recover from the coronavirus pandemic by strengthening health care and medical systems, providing economic relief, and improving infrastructure facilities, among other measures, according to Japanese government officials.

The Pacific islands are of strategic importance to Tokyo in both the economic and security arenas, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

China has provided loans and development assistance for projects such as the construction of infrastructure facilities in the region.

The 14 Pacific island countries are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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