The Government and people of Japan presented approximately 1 million doses of AZ vaccine manufactured in Japan to our friends of Malaysian people

Today, on July 1, approximately one million doses of AZ vaccine manufactured in Japan arrived at KLIA and was presented by Mr. OKA Hiroshi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Malaysia, to YB Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation and YB Dato’Sri Hishammuddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
This vaccine donation is a token of the longstanding friendship between Japan and Malaysia.
Ambassador Oka's message to Malaysia on the occasion of this vaccine donation is as follows.
Selamat sejahtera semua.
Saya sangat gembira kerana hari ini vaksin dari Jepun telah tiba untuk diberikan kepada rakyat Malaysia.
It is a great honour and pleasure for me, on behalf of the Government and people of Japan, to present one million doses of AZ vaccine manufactured in Japan to our friends of Malaysian people.
I sincerely hope this vaccine donation will contribute to the national vaccine programme in Malaysia, protecting people’s lives as well as boosting the economic recovery.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, YB Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Sri Hishammuddin, the Minister of Health, YB Datuk Seri Dr. Adham and many others who have contributed to make this cooperation possible.
I would also like to express, on behalf of the entire Japanese communities in Malaysia, our deepest gratitude and respect to the government officials, front liners for their dedicated work to keep us safe from this pandemic.
This vaccine donation is the latest symbol of the longstanding friendship between Japan and Malaysia. On this occasion, Prime Minister Suga of Japan sent his message to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin. Prime Minister Suga says “Japan has extended vaccines to Malaysia. This is a token of the deep friendship between Japan and Malaysia. The next year marks the 65th anniversary of the Japan-Malaysia diplomatic relations as well as the 40th anniversary of Look East Policy. Hand in hand with Malaysia, a strategic partner of Japan, let us work together for overcoming the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.” 
We are deeply grateful for Prime Minister Muhyddin’s expression of appreciation for our vaccine donation.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Japan has provided various cooperation to Malaysia, including emergency assistance to the people in need and the grant cooperation for providing advanced medical equipment. Japan supports Prime Minister Muhyiddin's view on the importance of ensuring fair access to vaccines.
The Government of Japan thus hosted the COVAX Summit in June to ensure access to safe, effective and quality assured vaccines and was able to raise well over the $8.6 billion needed to vaccinate at least 30% of the population in developing countries by the end of this year. Japan has pledged an additional $800 million to COVAX, bringing its total contribution to $1 billion. In parallel, Japan provides vaccines on bilateral basis as well.
Vaccine cooperation is based on the solid trust between Japan and Malaysia. As Prime Minister stated in his message, the next year coincides with the 65th anniversary of the Japan-Malaysia diplomatic relations as well as the 40th anniversary of the Look East Policy. The special bond of trust between the two countries will remain unchanged even in the plight of COVID-19.
I express my full solidarity with the Malaysian people and let Japan and Malaysia join hands to win the fight against COVID-19!
<For your information>
Japanese international assistance to cope with COVID-19 includes the following:
(To Malaysia)
Provision of medical equipment worth approximately $5 million to Malaysia
provision of humanitarian assistance worth approximately $2 million through international organization, UNICEF, UNHCR and IFCR
Grant of Avigan tablets
Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to NADMA through JICA
Capacity building support through JICA, including strengthening of health and medical system and medium and long term capacity building
Proposal for the establishment of “the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases” as an organization to protect people in the ASEAN region from the threat of infectious diseases, and financial support of USD 50 million through JAIF
(To the world)
Additional contribution to WHO (USD 50 million)
Up to approximately $5 billion in loans globally over two years to support the emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis
Assistance globally through UNICEF, UNHCR and other international organizations
Support for medical equipment procurement worth approximately $480 million in total globally
Financial support in total of USD 300 million to Gavi and others for the development and global distribution of vaccine (Contribution of USD130million for development of vaccine through GAVI and USD 170million for global distribution of vaccine through COVAX facilities)
The Government of Japan held the COVAX AMC Summit with Gavi to raise additional funding to secure necessary vaccines for developing countries by the end of 2021, and announced Japan’s additional contribution of 800 million USD, which brings the total contribution of 1 billion USD to the COVAX Facility.