The Japanese government intends to provide a vaccine against coronavirus to all residents of the country by mid-2021. This was reported on Friday by the Yomiuri newspaper.
She notes that the relevant item will be included in a new package of measures to counter the spread of coronavirus. According to the publication, such plans will have to be officially announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a special press conference to be held on Friday.
Japan has already signed contracts with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the American Pfizer for the supply of 120 million doses of their experimental vaccines. The Japanese authorities are currently in talks with five more foreign companies. The country is also developing and testing several vaccines, but it is likely that their commercialization may start later than the sale of foreign analogs, and the number of doses will be limited.
According to the latest data, the total number of people infected in Japan exceeded 66.4 thousand, 1,254 people became victims of the coronavirus.