At G7 summit, Japan commits US$79 million to COVAX, discusses international cooperation and Tokyo Olympics

On February 19, 2021, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attended the virtual G7 summit, where he discussed COVID-19 vaccines, international cooperation, and the Tokyo Olympics.

Suga highlighted the importance of the COVAX Facility in achieving the equitable distribution of vaccines worldwide. Japan committed US$79 million to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), a COVAX funding mechanism to support access to vaccines for lower-income countries, as well as to Unitaid.

He also discussed relations with China, including "Japan’s concerns on attempts to unilaterally change the status quo in the East and South China Sea", as well as his desire to hold a safe and secure Tokyo Olympics during the summer of 2021.

Press release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Statement - G7