Japan to send over 1M AstraZeneca doses to SL

Sri Lanka is to receive a stock of approximately 1.45 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Japan, through the COVAX facility, in an attempt to help curtail the spread of COVID-19. 

The vaccines are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka from Japan over the next few weeks.

This decision has been taken in response to the request by the Government of Sri Lanka and as a part of Japan’s support for ensuring equitable access to safe and effective vaccines for as many people as possible in the fight against COVID-19.

In addition, as a part of the “Last Mile Support” programme, the Government of Japan has been providing cold chain equipment through UNICEF. This includes cold storage boxes and vaccine carriers to store vaccines at the appropriate temperature and transport the vaccines to local vaccination centres.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Japan will ship out one million doses each to Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam on Thursday as part of bilateral deals with those governments.

Motegi further said the AstraZeneca doses made in Japan were approved by the World Health Organization on July 9 for use in COVAX.

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