Japan and United States have recently pledged to donate more COVID-19 vaccines and funding to developing countries through the COVAX global sharing scheme to counter the Chinese communist regime’s vaccine diplomacy.
At the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) summit on June 2 in Japan, summit chairman Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged that Japan would donate 30 million doses of vaccines produced in Japan to other countries through the COVAX program.
Suga also announced that Japan would donate $800 million—four times its original commitment—to fund free vaccines for low and middle-income countries around the world. Together with its previous donations, Japan has given $1 billion to the program, making it the second largest donor in the world only next to the U.S.’s $2.5 billion.
COVAX is jointly led by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The platform aims to deliver 1.8 billion doses of vaccine to 30 percent of the population who live in low and middle-income countries.
The Chinese regime has sold 683 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines through bilateral agreements with other countries, which in some cases have enabled the regime to directly pressure and influence the recipient countries, according to RFA.
China joined the COVAX program in October 2020 and promised to provide 10 million doses of Chinese-made vaccine to COVAX in February 2021, which is far less than the vaccines it has exported through bilateral relations. The WHO announced on June 1 that China’s Sinovac vaccine was approved for emergency use, and it would be included in the COVAX procurement list led by the WHO, along with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccines which were approved by the WHO on May 7.
Japan sent 1.24 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Taiwan on a flight numbered JL809 on June 4, a date regarded as taboo by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 32 years ago—June 4, 1989—the CCP dispatched its military and brutally killed an estimated tens of thousands of unarmed students and citizens who were peacefully demonstrating for freedom and democracy around the ‘Gate of Heavenly Peace.’
The regime has banned any commemoration of the brutal massacre in mainland China since then and in Hong Kong since 2020 on the anniversaries of the massacre. However, in Taiwan, a Chinese society that is not ruled by the CCP, June 4 was commemorated both in official and private activities.
She continued: “We will never forget, on this day 32 years ago, the young people who sacrificed their lives in Tiananmen Square, and our friends in Hong Kong who have always commemorated the June 4 Movement by candlelight year after year. I believe all Taiwanese who are proud of freedom and democracy will never forget this day in history, and will firmly stick with their beliefs and will not be shaken by challenges.”