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Japan to send another 1.1 mil AstraZeneca doses to Taiwan

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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"Many countries are struggling to get vaccines as manufacturers face delays in scaling up production quickly."

Including Japan.

In the past week, Japan has had suspend the vaccination program in several large cities all across the country due to lack of supply, and it also stopped allowing more companies join the work-place vaccination program for the same reason as well.

But they can give away vaccine to foreign neighbors in the lead up to the Olymp.... oh wait, thats the AZ vaccine they are giving away, right? Yeah, that was deemed not good enough for Japanese people, but good enough for its "friends".

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"But they can give away vaccine to foreign neighbors in the lead up to the Olymp.... oh wait, thats the AZ vaccine they are giving away, right? Yeah, that was deemed not good enough for Japanese people, but good enough for its "friends".

YUP and Australia is doing exactly the same thing.

Australia to donate 20 million AstraZeneca doses 

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-to-donate-20-million-astrazeneca-doses-to-billion-vaccine-pledge-20210611-p580b5.html

Question. Should Taiwan and other countries say no to the donation?

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Good Job Japan. Japan is donating vaccines and money to Convax. Japan is doing its part to help the world. I am sorry that some posters on this website can't see that, but at the end of the day, Japan's actions will save people and that is what matters most. Again, good job Japan!

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Why do it a million at a time, Japan? Just send the entire lot already. We know this scam by now.

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I love how Japan keeps canceling their own vaccination attempts because they claim they don't have enough vaccines and over scheduled millions of people. Then turn around and keep sending millions of vaccines abroad.

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The Taiwanese are complaining about the previous shipment causing nearly 150 deaths raising anti Japanese sentiments there. Wonder if they are going to be grateful this time.

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So when the inevitable vaccine passport is introduced, will people inoculated with AstrraZeneca be able to travel freely with it? Taiwan/Pacific Islands/others who are given donated vaccines: say, "No". It is not worth it if these vaccines are treated differently depending on where you are.

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@Tom Doley: 150 deaths DIRECTLY attributed to AZ yes? Proof please.

I'd happily take it if they were actually using it in Japan - lets not forget it has been approved here they are just choosing NOT to use it but may do soon in the over 60's. Abundance of over caution - typical Japan.

I reckon 99.9% of Taiwanese are very very grateful to Japan for the donation.

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astra zeneca?

giveway is good idea.

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@Matej - Its rather an unhelpful comment from you as you are an anti-vaxxer and would decline any vaccine. Nice try.

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It's payback for Taiwan's rapid help and support to the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. Also a geo-political motive as any moves on Taiwan could potentially threaten Okinawa.

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I understand that Japan is not ready at this time to use Astra Zeneca.

So, before the doses expire, it sounds like a good idea to help other countries.

On the other hand, I always said (almost) ay vaccine will be accepted, as long as it is not Sinovac or Sputnik 5. Astra Zeneca has been used in many countries without major problems or side-effects. So, why not use it in Japan, too, since there is not enough supply of the most desired vaccines?

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So, are we all vaccinated in Japan then? I mean, companies can no longer apply to vaccine their staff and if we're now sending supplies abroad, we must be about done here.

And there was me thinking we need to massively up the vaccination drive.....

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shogun36Today  08:30 am JST

Why do it a million at a time, Japan? Just send the entire lot already. We know this scam by now.

What scam?

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So when the inevitable vaccine passport is introduced, will people inoculated with AstrraZeneca be able to travel freely with it? Taiwan/Pacific Islands/others who are given donated vaccines: say, "No". It is not worth it if these vaccines are treated differently depending on where you are.

People will unlikely be able to travel freely anyway. The "vaccine passport" is a scam and will not be relevant come next flu season and vaccinated people come down with Covid again.

Then the tune will be "vaccine booster passport".

And the sheep will follow.

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how about you just send them to the citizens of this country first?!

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The reason Pfizer is the prefer vaccine in Japan even that Pfizer is more problematic ( handling and storage). Is that to get the optimum out of AZ the 2nd dose should be administered 12 week after the 1st dose. less then 12 week, AZ is less effective. Where Pfizer is 21 day for the second dose. That is 3 week for Pfizer to get a citizen fully vaccinated to AZ 12 week to get a citizen fully vaccinated. With the Olympic and Infection growing Pfizer is a no brainer. Both vaccine have a life of 6 months when keep stored correctly. I assume Japan Heath must have batches of AZ that will not be use and the life of vaccine will soon run out. I hope this is not the only reason for donating but also genuine good well gesture by the Japan Government.

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