MORE than 36,000 Astra Zeneca COVID-19 doses for Tonga arrived in the country last evening thanks to the auspice’s contribution of the Japanese Government.

The generous contribution is through COVAX is a result of a plea made direct by Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa to his Japanese counterpart, Hon. Yoshide Suga and his government.

The Health Minister Hon. ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu made the announcement in Parliament today.

She announced the vaccine supplies arrived at about 7;00pm last evening.

The Hon. Health Minister also thanked the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga His Excellency Mr. Munenanga Kenshaku and Japan for the vaccines that will soon roll out in Ha’apai next Tuesday, August 31st and in the Niuas in September.

Similar vaccination program was also launched here in Tongatapu, Vava’u and ‘Eua as well.

With the arrival of new vaccines, that will bring to over 63,000 people getting vaccinated in Tonga.

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