Japan’s Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and WHO Director-General discuss priorities, strengthen collaboration

On April 23, 2021, Japan’s Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare, Norihisa Tamura, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom, held a video conference to discuss priorities and to strengthen collaboration between Japan and the WHO.

Japan will host the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) Summit, the WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee, and Tokyo Nutrition Summit this year.

Tamura emphasized that preparation for health crises, universal health coverage, nutrition, aging, and antimicrobial resistance among Japan’s priorities. Japan will continue to promote global access to the COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility, the global vaccine initiative co-led by the WHO. Tamura also noted that the WHO has few Japanese staff members, so Japan aims to increase its involvement of WHO members. 

Tedros highlighted the importance of strengthening cooperation between Japan and WHO to promote international health, including in the global response to COVID-19.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)