Pandemic Response Report Card: Japan

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… since Former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said "Developing medicines and vaccines, ensuring equitable access and providing assistance to vulnerable developing countries are the priority."

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Japan has committed to share a total of 60 million doses, though no timeline has been provided. To date, Japan has delivered 27 million doses. And Japan has committed only half of the $2.4 billion it was asked to pledge to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A).To tackle the pandemic’s global economic impact, Japan’s stated approach is financial assistance to vulnerable countries and support for longer term initiatives; but this does not seem to have materialised in substantial additional funding so far. While many other G7 countries have pledged significant new support to the global economic response, Japan has only committed 10% of its Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) allocation. And Japan’s foreign aid increased only marginally in 2020, by just 0.01% of GNI.

Japan will host the pledging conference for the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) before the end of 2021. African leaders have called for an ambitious $100 billion replenishment — and Japan must ensure this target is met. Japan also must recycle at least 20% of its SDR allocation.