July 6, 2021

Japan gives PH a P308-M cold chain grant as part of its humanitarian assistance

A grant assistance agreement worth 687 million yen (about PHP308 million) was inked on Tuesday by the Japanese government to supply the nation with much-needed cold chain transportation and ancillaries for its vaccine deployment.

For the Japanese grant aid named “Program for Covid-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support,” which would be implemented across the nation, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko signed and exchanged notes with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

“Considering that the delivery of vaccines to the provinces is a key priority for the Philippine government, the establishment of a cold chain facility system would help the country’s immunization program succeed. This will not only guarantee the safe and effective distribution of vaccinations, but it will also help to maintain the integrity and quality of vaccines “According to a statement from the Japanese Embassy in Manila.

Earlier this month, the Japanese capital announced that it will contribute one million doses of an AstraZeneca vaccine that had been produced in Japan.

In accordance with the Japanese Embassy, this is a component of the one billion yen cold chain development aid to the Philippines that was announced at the Japan-Philippines Summit Telephone Talk between Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and President Rodrigo Duterte in May.

Throughout the pandemic, Japan has provided the Philippines with comprehensive assistance, including grant aid for the purchase of medical equipment and the establishment of laboratory surveillance sites, technical assistance for cold chain development, the provision of Avigan tablets, and large-scale yen loan assistance through the Covid-19 Crisis Response Emergency Loading Facility.

“As it has been and will continue to be in the future, Japan is dedicated to providing a continuous supply of assistance to the Philippines in its pursuit of herd immunity,” the Embassy said.

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