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JICA announced that they donated cold chain equipment worth P260 million to the Department of Health (DoH) in order to maintain the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines.fi
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JICA stated that the collaboration has the goal of enhancing the cold chain management and logistics in the Philippines, in order to establish an effective vaccination system during outbreaks.
The generous contribution consists of eight vans with refrigeration, 17 delivery vans, 17 pickup trucks, 18 wing vans, 500 biothermal packaging systems, and 140 freezers for ice packs.
“JICA is always in solidarity with the Philippines especially in facing crises such as COVID-19. Our cold chain and logistics support in the vaccine rollout and delivery even to the remotest areas aims to ensure that no one is left behind,” JICA Chief Representative Sakamoto Takema said.
The lesson we have learned from COVID-19 is that rapid and successful vaccinations increase the community’s ability to withstand challenges and drive economic growth,” he stated.
The machines and transportation will be sent to Department of Health buildings across the country.
In 2022, JICA provided a previous set of refrigeration equipment to the Philippines.
The Japanese embassy in the Philippines reports that Japan has given more than $100 billion in assistance for COVID-19. This includes vaccines, medication, equipment, technical support, and financial aid, among other things.