TL receives 168.000 more vaccines from Japan

TL receives 168.000 more vaccines from Japan

DILI, 14 august 2021 (TATOLI) — The Japanese government donated 168,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, through the COVAX Facility, which arrived in Timor-Leste, on Friday afternoon.

“Today, together with the Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Masami Kinefuchi, to mark the arrival of 168,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Government of Japan to Timor-Leste through the COVAX Facility,” Afonso Corte Real, the representatives from the office of the Prime Minister and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health, told reporters on Friday.

He said the vaccines will be distributed to all municipalities in Timor-Leste, but specifically to four municipalities with high COVID-19 cases, namely, Baucau, Ermera, Viqueque, and Covalima.

“Currently, the government is trying to vaccinate all residents to reach the target of 70%. So that, in September the situation could return to normal,” said Corte Real.

In addition, the Japanese ambassador to the TL, Masami Kinefuchi said that currently, all countries across the globe are fighting COVID-19.

“I am very pleased that Japan is now providing additional vaccines to this country. These vaccines are meaningful to the people of Timor-Leste. We are providing vaccines to the needed country, and Timor-Leste is one of the countries which had been chosen to receive these vaccines,” said Kinefuchi.

He said the initiative to support the countries in need was announced by the Prime Minister of Japan in June, saying the prime minister also committed a US$1 billion donation to the COVAX Facility.

“As I said COVAX is an international corporation and Japan is one of the biggest donors to the COVAX Facility, and I hope many are benefited from that facility,” added Kinefuchi.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario



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