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Japan commits to continuing supporting Vietnam in Covid-19 vaccine access

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HCMC – Japan will continue supporting Vietnam to procure Covid-19 vaccines so that all Vietnamese residents get vaccinated, thus paving the way for the country’s sustainable economic recovery and development, said speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan Oshima Tadamori.

At an online meeting with Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on June 21, Tadamori said Japan would continue working closely with international organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations and G7 countries, to offer Covid-19 vaccines to countries worldwide, the local media reported.

Tadamori thanked Vietnam for sending medical face masks to Japan last year when Japan faced a shortage of medical equipment, helping Japanese firms operating in the country.

For his part, Hue affirmed that Vietnam always considers Japan a strategic and long-term partner and trusts its foreign policies and supports Japan to make positive contributions to peace and development in the region and the world as a whole.

Hue also thanked the Japanese National Diet, Government and people for supporting Vietnam in the fight against Covid-19, including sending one million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam on June 16 to promptly assist Vietnam in the implementation of its vaccine strategies in key areas.

He expected to boost the two countries’ economic relations and hoped Japan would continue admitting and supporting Vietnamese laborers and apprentices.

The Vietnamese NA chairman also suggested the two sides cooperate and share their experiences so that Vietnam could build a stable legal system and create a favorable environment for local and foreign investors, including those from Japan.

The two sides expressed appreciation for ASEAN’s central role in handling regional and global issues. They affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea, settling all disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means in line with the international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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