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Japan Parliament Passes Bill to Provide Free Covid Vaccinations

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vows to secure vaccines for the nation in the first half of 2021.

A country struggling with a worst-yet wave of infections.


With the central government covering the cost, Japan’s parliament passed a bill to provide coronavirus vaccinations free of charge. The parliament also offered a plan to stem the virus as the country struggles with its worst-yet wave of infections.

Wednesday’s passage in the upper house of parliament following approval in the more powerful lower house will bring the law into effect.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare it also makes local governments responsible for administering the immunizations.

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The policy of providing free coronavirus vaccinations will be unveiled at a meeting of a health ministry advisory panel as early next week, the sources said Wednesday.

The government aims to encourage the public to get COVID-19 vaccinations promptly soon after the vaccines are developed and passes the bill to provide free covid vaccination.

With the United States and Britain currently leading the development of coronavirus vaccines, the Japanese government has signed basic agreements to get vaccine supplies from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC.

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