Japan To Give Free COVID-19 Vaccine To All Residents

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A which was passed has confirmed that all residents in Japan will get free coronavirus vaccines.

The country is battling record numbers of daily cases of the virus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.

A will allow the to cover all vaccine costs for Japan’s 126 million residents, was approved by the upper of parliament, having cleared the powerful lower .

According to reports, Japan has secured Covid-19 vaccines for 60 million pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and for a further 25 million biotech firm Moderna.

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

The ’s passage comes two weeks after Japan’s prime minister said the country was on “maximum alert” over the virus, and as medics warn hospitals are on the brink of collapse.

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

Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike has urged residents to avoid non-essential outings and asked businesses serving alcohol to shut early.