Exchange of Notes regarding the grant of monkeypox vaccines to the Republic of Colombia
December 7, 2022
(Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia)
On December 6 (local time), Notes concerning the grant of monkeypox vaccines and special inoculation needles (for approximately 25,000 people) were exchanged in Bogota, the capital of the Republic of Colombia, between Mr. TAKASUGI Masahiro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Colombia, and H.E. Mr. Francisco José Coy Granados, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia.
- Since an outbreak of monkeypox started in August in Colombia, the procurement of vaccines has been an important issue for the Government of Colombia.
- It is expected that clinical trials using the donated vaccines and inoculation needles, in collaboration with WHO, will be conducted in Colombia to strictly evaluate the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and that the vaccination of people who are at-risk of monkeypox infection will be initiated. In addition to the grant of vaccines and inoculation needles, the Government of Japan is considering the possibility of research cooperation by experts. The grant and clinical trials are expected to contribute to measures against monkeypox in Colombia and the rest of the world.