Jamaica is slated to get a US$1.22-million grant from the Authorities of Japan in help of the nation’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.
The availability will fund the acquisition of chilly chain tools and capacity-building help to make sure equitable administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
It kinds a part of Japan’s Emergency Grant Assist of US$11.1 million, being channelled by way of the United Nations Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF), to help six Caribbean and Latin American nations with their COVID-19 response programmes.
The opposite beneficiary nations are Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Venezuela.
Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Masaya Fujiwara, acknowledged that the grant help, dubbed ‘Final One Mile Help’, goals to make sure the efficient and protected distribution of vaccines from the port of deployment to the ultimate vacation spot.
He stated the acquisition of cold-storage amenities will allow the Authorities to ascertain vaccination websites in distant areas and broaden vaccine choices to include these requiring specialised preservation, thereby guaranteeing the “fast and protected supply of vaccines throughout Jamaica.”
“We consider that this kind of help could be very useful to make sure the short realisation of [a] common vaccination marketing campaign in every nation,” he added.
Ambassador Fujiwara expressed the hope that the emergency grant help can even support the federal government in easily implementing the COVID-19 vaccination marketing campaign, now underneath approach. He stated that Japan had mentioned the help with representatives of Caribbean nations at a digital high-level Japan/CARICOM assembly in March.
“We really feel that there’s a massive want in these nations for vaccination campaigns [and] they want chilly chain amenities. So we now have determined so as to add these, too, to Latin American and Caribbean nations within the emergency help,” he defined.
Ambassador Fujiwara stated Japan continues to share sturdy bilateral relations with Jamaica, citing a latest donation of medical tools and provides from his Authorities to help COVID-19 efforts at a number of hospitals islandwide. He emphasised that combatting the COVID-19 pandemic stays a high precedence of the Japanese Authorities.
“We’re very pleased to proceed on this effort along with the Jamaican Authorities [as] nobody is protected till everyone seems to be protected; this sort of common well being protection concept is shared by the Jamaican Authorities. So we’re pleased to pursue this sort of partnership in offering these concrete cooperation measures,” Ambassador Fujiwara acknowledged. Moreover, he expressed the hope that “this contribution will additional strengthen our partnership.”
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