UNICEF issued a press released stating the government of Japan pledged an additional Php190 Million to strengthen its support to the Philippine government’s immunization response to COVID-19. The pledge is part of the Japanese government’s US$41-million assistance to 25 countries in Southeast and Southwest Asia and the Pacific Islands region.
“The costs of the pandemic for children are immediate and, if unaddressed, may persist throughout their lives. The availability and equitable distribution of vaccines is critical for putting an end to this global pandemic. We thank the Government of Japan for their support in ensuring a robust cold chain is in place and immunization services are strengthened,” UNICEF Representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov says.
The funding allows UNICEF Philippines to provide around 147 health facilities with vaccine cold rooms and solar refrigerators and 2,000 health facilities with temperature monitoring devices, train over 50 technicians to operate and maintain the new facilities, and equip 300 health care facility staff with the necessary skills for its use and monitoring.
“Counting on the decades of cooperation between Japan and UNICEF particularly here in the Philippines, together, we will continue to provide a helping hand to Filipino children in dire situations due to COVID-19,” Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko said.