China vaccine doses to Asean top 120 million, 4.8 times UN programme

BEIJING (The Jakarta Post/ANN): China has supplied or plans to supply 120 million coronavirus vaccine doses to Asean members, around 4.8 times the number allocated for the region by the United States and European countries through the UN-backed Covax global vaccine-sharing programme, a Kyodo News tally showed Sunday (June 20).

The numbers were compiled Friday by Kyodo News based on data from Gavi, an alliance of governments, international organisations, companies and charities that promote the Covax programme in cooperation with the World Health Organization, as well as from Association of Southeast Asian Nations governments.

The tally also showed Cambodia and Indonesia secured over 90 per cent of their vaccine doses from China.

Laos secured around 89 per cent of its doses from China and the Philippines over 60 per cent. Several countries in Southeast Asia have been facing a resurgence of infections and are trying to procure enough doses for their populations.

With Chinese vaccines outpacing those provided to Asean members through the Covax programme by the United States and European countries, the leaders of the Group of Seven industrialised nations on June 12 said they aim to help developing countries ride out the coronavirus pandemic by providing 1 billion doses.

China's Sinopharm vaccine will be supplied to developing countries through Covax but was not among those allocated to Asean countries as of Friday. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

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