Brunei is set to receive 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan by end of September, said the minister of health in a press conference.
It is the second vaccine donation for the sultanate this month with China already delivered 100,000 Sinopharm vaccines on Sunday.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Isham Hj Jaafar said that with the 200,000 doses, the National Vaccination Programme will be able to recommence the inoculation of first doses that was put on hold since 1 September.
“The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is gratified with these contributions which will be fully utilsed. Let us together be responsible and play our part in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.
In a statement from the Embassy of Japan in Brunei, the donation is part of Japan’s latest donation batch, which includes another 500,000 doses to Taiwan, 400,000 to Vietnam, and 300,000 to Thailand.
“Thus far, more than 23 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines have been donated to countries in Southeast and Southwest Asia, and the Pacific Islands,” it said.
Japan will closely monitor the situation in and will continue its provisions of vaccines to the respective countries and regions.
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