Japan Gov’t OKs Bill To Offer Free Coronavirus Vaccines

A station passageway is crowded with commuters wearing face mask during a rush hour in Tokyo Monday, April 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Japanese government on Tuesday approved a bill to pay all the costs of administrating a vaccine against the novel coronavirus to all residents and to compensate suppliers in the event any serious side effects occur.

The bill to amend the current vaccination law is in line with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s pledge to secure coronavirus vaccines for all people in the country in the first half of next year. His government is aiming for its enactment during the current Diet session through Dec. 5.

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