Japan’s industry minister has pledged to support private-sector efforts to produce and supply coronavirus vaccines in the country.
Kajiyama Hiroshi visited the factory of a drug manufacturer in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, on Wednesday.
The company has teamed up with a major pharmaceutical firm to secure vaccines for 30 million people by the end of 2021.
The drug maker has used government subsidies to set up more tanks for the vaccine’s raw materials.
Kajiyama said, “The government wants to ensure coronavirus vaccines will be available in Japan as soon as possible by making the most of production bases like this.”
He said his ministry will work with the health and welfare ministry to help companies to boost vaccine production.