Japan’s cabinet approved a plan on Tuesday to use public funds to provide novel coronavirus vaccines to the public for free.
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The plan also calls for the government to bear the cost of any health damage caused by a vaccine, according to a document posted on the health ministry’s website.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged to provide enough vaccines for the coronavirus for the public by mid-2021. Japan has struck deals for hundreds of millions of doses from companies including AstraZeneca Plc and Pfizer Inc.