Japan has announced it will be donating an unspecified number of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines, its ambassador to Manila declared on Tuesday.
Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko did not mention when exactly the much-needed shots will arrive, but said that they “will make sure to deliver them at the soonest possible time.”
The health ministry of Japan approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use in May and is using this alongside Moderna’s jab for its mass vaccination campaign that has been lagging behind other developed countries around the world.
Japan struck a deal for 120 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the British-Swedish drugmaker.
AstraZeneca obtained emergency use authorization from the Philippines Food and Drug Administration for its Covid-19 vaccine in January, granted following a detailed review by medical and regulatory experts.