Japan supports Fiji with COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility

24 August 2021
Japan supports Fiji with COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility
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Today, the Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, H.E. KAWAKAMI Fumihiro, officially handed over 56,000 doses of Japanese manufactured Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, delivered through the COVAX Facility, to Fiji’s Hon. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete, at the Ministry of Health Headquarters in Suva.

“The Fiji Government is grateful to the Government of Japan for the procurement and donation of 56,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. I note that this is made in Japan,” said the Hon. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete. “These vaccines will enable us to continue our strive for having as many Fijians as possible being fully vaccinated.”

“Japan highly values the longstanding friendship between the two countries. I am confident that successful vaccination of the people will not only help Fijians stay safe from COVID-19, but also build a pathway to re-emergence of livelihoods, increase of employment and broader economic recovery of Fiji," said the Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, H.E. KAWAKAMI Fumihiro.

“We thank the Government and the people of Japan for this vital support, which will help protect communities across Fiji in this fight against COVID-19,” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, (a.i.), Vathinee Jitjaturunt. “UNICEF will continue working closely with our partners, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, to support the COVID-19 vaccine roll out to ensure the safety of all children, their families and communities.”

"WHO is deeply appreciative of the Government of Japan's support for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. This latest batch of vaccines for Fiji is just one example of the support the country is providing through the COVAX initiative, which is benefiting people in many parts of the world," said Dr Mark Jacobs, WHO Representative to the South Pacific. “WHO is honoured to be working hand-in-hand with partners like Japan and UNICEF to support health ministries as they work to bring the life-saving protection of COVID-19 vaccines to people across the Pacific and beyond."

As the co-host of the COVAX Vaccine Summit on 2 June 2021, Japan announced that it will contribute an additional USD800 million to COVAX, on top of the USD200 million already contributed. Japan also announced that they will supply vaccines manufactured in Japan to other countries and regions.

At the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM9) held on 2 July 2021, Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. SUGA Yoshihide, announced that Japan intends to provide a total of approximately three million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Pacific Island Forum countries.

These COVID-19 vaccines were received by the Government of Fiji from the Government of Japan through the COVAX Facility – a partnership co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNICEF as the key delivery partner.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact:

Riaz Hassan, Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services, +679 9775168, riaz.healthfiji@gmail.com

Peni Saurara, Embassy of Japan in Fiji, +679 3304633, peni.saurara@fj.mofa.go.jp or eojeconomics@fj.mofa.go.jp

Zubnah Khan, UNICEF Pacific, Tel: +679 9988137, zukhan@unicef.org

Lauren O’Connor, WHO, Tel: +679 7779733, oconnorl@who.int

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Zubnah Khan
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UNICEF Pacific
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