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Video message by Minister for Foreign Affairs MOTEGI at the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) One World Protected Event

April 16, 2021
Foreign Minister Motegi delivering his message

On April 15, the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) One World Protected Event, co-hosted by the United States Government and Gavi, was held online. Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, attended and delivered a video message (PDF)Open a New Window. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. This event was co-hosted by the Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America, and H.E. Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, Board Chair of Gavi (former President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Portugal), as a launch event for the COVAX AMC Summit 2021, which aims to galvanize resources and commitment to the Gavi COVAX AMC. The Gavi COVAX AMC is an international framework for ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines regardless of income levels. In the meeting, progress in vaccine supply to developing countries and further efforts were discussed.

  2. Minister MOTEGI emphasized the importance of international coordination in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

  3. Moreover, Minister MOTEGI announced that Japan would co-host “the COVAX AMC Summit” with Gavi in June and that Japan would continue to support the COVAX Facility together with the international community.
[Note 1] Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means ensuring access to high-quality basic health services for all people whenever they need throughout their lives without suffering financial hardship.

[Note 2] COVAX Facility (COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility)

UThe COVAX Facility is a comprehensive mechanism for resource mobilization and supply coordination led by Gavi. It aims to secure equitable access to vaccines regardless of income levels. COVAX enables supply of COVID-19 vaccines swiftly at an affordable price, leveraging economic of scale through guarating purchase and market demand for vaccine.

[Note 3] the COVAX AMC(Advance Market Commitment)

UA framework for supporting low-and middle income countries in the COVAX Facility.


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