Sunday’s Yomiuri gave front-page play to a report that the MHLW has decided to designate about 10,000 medical institutions nationwide as “basic-type vaccination facilities” and equip them with ultracold freezers that can preserve vaccines at about minus 75 degrees Celsius. The paper wrote that vaccines will be transferred to nearby clinics, which are designated as “satellite-type vaccination facilities,” in order to efficiently vaccinate large numbers of people. According to the daily, one basic-type or a satellite-type vaccination facility is expected to be established for every 5,000 people throughout the nation.
In a related development, all national dailies reported that Prime Minister Suga tasked Administrative Reform Minister Kono on Monday with conducting coordination within the administration and between the central government and local governments for launching a nationwide coronavirus vaccination program. “We will do our utmost to implement a safe and effective vaccination plan,” Suga was quoted as telling the press.