Japan will co-host a leaders' meeting in June to promote global efforts to ensure fair access to coronavirus vaccines for developing countries, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Thursday.
The online meeting will be hosted with Gavi, an alliance of governments, international organizations, companies and charities. According to the Foreign Ministry, it is expected to be attended by more than 30 countries, including the United States and some from Europe.
In a video message to the U.N.-backed COVAX program, Motegi said Japan will continue to do "its utmost to support the initiative" and help with the rollout in developing countries, also using a framework with Australia, India and the United States.
Japan has so far extended $200 million to the COVAX facility.