Japan to distribute #COVID-19 vaccine to all residents for free

Japan has announced that all residents in the country will get free #COVID-19 vaccines under a bill passed on Wednesday, December 2.

The bill, which says the government will cover all vaccine costs for Japan’s 126 million residents, was approved by the upper house of parliament, having cleared the powerful lower house.

Reports have it that the Japanese government has secured COVID-19 vaccines for 60 million people from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and for a further 25 million people from biotech firm Moderna.

It was also reported that the country will receive 120 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine.

Japan has recorded around 2,100 deaths with over 150,000 cases since the first case was confirmed. But it is now facing a third wave of the disease, reporting record numbers of daily infections nationwide in recent weeks.

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