In response to Japan's fourth donation of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses, which arrived in Taiwan on the afternoon of September 7, Presidential Office Spokesperson Xavier Chang (張惇涵) said that the Presidential Office is again sincerely grateful for Japan's timely and continued assistance. Including today's shipment of 64,000 doses, the Japanese government has now donated over 3.4 million vaccine doses to Taiwan.
Spokesperson Chang said that doses from Japan's three previous donations have already been distributed for use in our domestic vaccine drive, significantly boosting Taiwan's vaccination coverage and helping to protect Taiwanese society from COVID-19. The Japanese government has once again extended a helping hand to Taiwan, even as the international community continues to face a serious pandemic, as global vaccine supplies remain limited, and as AstraZeneca vaccines are being administered to the Japanese public. Japan's assistance reflects the sincere friendship between Taiwan and Japan, and has deeply touched the people of Taiwan.
Spokesperson Chang added that the Presidential Office would like to once again express sincere thanks to our diplomatic team and everyone else who helped facilitate this donation, and further expressed confidence that Taiwan and Japan will overcome the challenges of the pandemic through mutual cooperation and assistance. Taiwan will continue to expand its wide-ranging partnership with Japan on this strong foundation, working together to promote regional peace, stability, development, and prosperity while jointly contributing to global health and welfare.