Japan to provide $41 million grant aid to Asian countries over vaccine supply

Japan will give 4.5 billion yen ($41 million) grant help through an international association to 25 nations in Asia and the Pacific Islands region to help them build a cold-chain distribution network for COVID-19 vaccines, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The grant aid will be utilized to get cold-storage facilities, transport vehicles and other equipment essential for the steady delivery of vaccines in those nations, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, as indicated by the ministry.

Japan intends to help guarantee the delivery of vaccines “to each and every person in the all corners of developing countries” with the desire for containing the Covid pandemic as fast as could be expected, it said, adding the guide will be delivered through the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The other recipient nations are Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, the Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

Japan has likewise vowed $200 million to the COVAX facility, an international vaccine distribution platform set up to guarantee impartial access to shots for developing nations.

The COVAX activity intends to deliver 2 billion doses of Covid immunizations across the world before the finish of 2021.