JAPAN TO BEAR COST OF COVID-19 VACCINES FOR POPULACE
Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Japan’s government would bear the cost of providing coronavirus vaccines to the populace, as it aims for a comprehensive inoculation against the pandemic.
The government also said it planned to establish funds to compensate for possible side effects from the vaccines.
Outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had pledged the government would secure enough vaccines for every Japanese citizen by the middle of next year.
Japan has made bilateral agreements with overseas pharma companies to secure hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines that are still being tested.
It has also agreed to join a World Health Organisation effort that aims to buy and fairly distribute inoculations.