Airport workers in Japan load Covid-19 vaccines into a plane bound for Taiwan earlier this month. Vietnam is set to receive 1 million doses on Wednesday. Photo: Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan/Handout via Reuters
Airport workers in Japan load Covid-19 vaccines into a plane bound for Taiwan earlier this month. Vietnam is set to receive 1 million doses on Wednesday. Photo: Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan/Handout via Reuters

Coronavirus: can Japan counter China’s vaccine diplomacy with Southeast Asian donations?

  • Wednesday’s shipment of 1 million AstraZeneca doses to Vietnam will be followed by donations to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, Tokyo said
  • Analysts described the move as ‘not purely a power play’ – while noting that Japan had geopolitical concerns and was keen to raise its profile in the region

Airport workers in Japan load Covid-19 vaccines into a plane bound for Taiwan earlier this month. Vietnam is set to receive 1 million doses on Wednesday. Photo: Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan/Handout via Reuters
Airport workers in Japan load Covid-19 vaccines into a plane bound for Taiwan earlier this month. Vietnam is set to receive 1 million doses on Wednesday. Photo: Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan/Handout via Reuters
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