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Japan Parliament Passes Bill to Provide Free Covid Vaccinations

  • Suga vows to secure vaccines for nation in first half of 2021
  • Country struggling with worst-yet wave of infections

Japan’s parliament passed a bill to provide coronavirus vaccinations free of charge with the central government covering the cost, offering a key 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. It also makes local governments responsible for administering the immunizations, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.