Japan, US Pledge to Donate Billions of Dollars to COVAX to Counter Beijing’s Vaccine Diplomacy

Japan and United States have recently pledged to donate more COVID-19 vaccines and funding to developing countries through the COVAX global sharing scheme to counter the Chinese communist regime’s vaccine diplomacy. At the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) summit on June 2 in Japan, summit chairman Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged that Japan would donate 30 million doses of vaccines produced in Japan to other countries through the COVAX program. Suga also announced that Japan would donate $800 million—four times its original commitment—to fund free vaccines for low and middle-income countries around the world. Together with its previous donations, Japan has given $1 billion to the program, making it the second largest donor in the world only next to the U.S.’s $2.5 billion. COVAX is jointly led by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The platform aims …

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