Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced that Japan will contribute more than US$130 million to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), through Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. COVAX AMC serves as the financing instrument for Gavi's larger COVAX Facility, which focuses on production and equitable distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines.
Speaking at the October 8, 2020, Group of Friends of Universal Health Coverage Ministerial Meeting, which aimed to accelerate efforts to promote universal health coverage globally, Motegi emphasized the importance of equitable vaccine access, health systems strengthening, and bolstering health security to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
This latest pledge to COVAX AMC is part of a commitment made by Japan at the June 2020 Global Vaccine Summit for a total of US$300 million.
The October 8 meeting was attended by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom, various foreign ministers, as well as representatives of international organizations, the private sector, and civil society, among others.