Japan’s PM Yoshihide cancels visit to the Philippines due to COVID threat

Marje Pelayo   •   April 22, 2021   •   293

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide

MANILA, Philippines –  Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has cancelled his planned visit to the Philippines this month in view  of the COVID-19 situation.

This was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque saying the Prime Minister’s decision “deserves support” as both the Philippines and Japan are prioritizing their respective battles against the pandemic.

Despite the cancellation, Roque said the “strategic partnership and broad cooperation” between the two countries will remain.

Hidilyn Diaz bags PH’s first Olympic gold medal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz will take home the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal after winning the women’s 55-kg weightlifting event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday (July 26).

Diaz finished with a total score 224 kg, lifting 97 in the snatch and 127 in the clean & jerk snatching the gold from China’s Liao Qiuyun who finished with a total score of 223 kg. Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the bronze medal after scoring a total of 213 kg.

Malacañang lauded Diaz for her success and for making the country proud.

“The Palace congratulates Hidilyn Diaz for bringing pride and glory to the Philippines for winning the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement.

In 2016, Diaz previously won a silver medal in the women’s 53-kg category in the 2016 Rio Olympics. AAC

Over 1 million AstraZeneca vaccine jabs from Japan to arrive in PH Thursday night

Robie de Guzman   •   July 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Over a million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that were donated by the Japanese government are expected to arrive in the Philippines on Thursday night, Malacañang said.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the vaccine jabs from Japan are among the two batches of AstraZeneca doses due to be delivered this week.

Inaasahan natin na may darating na dalawang batches ng AstraZeneca ngayong linggong ito. Una ang AstraZeneca na donasyon ng Japanese government, mamayang gabi po ang dating niyan,” Roque said.

“Pangalawa, ang AstraZeneca na galing po sa COVAX Facility,” he added.

Based on data presented by Roque, a total of 1,124,100 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will come from Japan while the shipment from the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility contains 2,028,000 doses.

Roque also announced that the Philippines is also expecting to receive this week two batches of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.

The shipments will contain around 170,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine.

The National Task Force against COVID-19 earlier said there were delays in the delivery of vaccine supplies because vaccine manufacturers usually prepare for the deployment or the inventory of their supply during the first and last weeks of the month.

For the month of July, the Philippines is expecting to receive at least 16 million vaccine doses, including the 3 million doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine donated by the US government through the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility.

1M doses of AstraZeneca from Japan expected to arrive on July 8

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—One million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from Japan are tentatively set to arrive  on July 8, according to the Ambassador of Japan in the Philippines.

In a tweet, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko announced that Japan will donate the vaccines in support of the Philippines’ goal to reach herd immunity. The Philippines is among the countries that Japan will provide assistance to as part of its pandemic response.

Japan also pledge to donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Japan has pledged $1 billion and 30 million doses to the COVAX facility which will be distributed to various countries in need of COVID-19 vaccine supply. AAC

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