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Vaccination support eyed for Japanese living abroad

  • February 21, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 1:25 p.m.
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In a bid to support the inoculation of Japanese people living abroad, the Foreign Ministry is studying the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and the medical systems in various countries.

 

Vaccinations are carried out in accordance with the laws and regulations of each country, so the Japanese government will need to adjust to local conditions to help Japanese residents abroad receive vaccines.

 

According to the ministry, a number of developing countries have no prospect of supplying vaccines even to their own citizens. Japanese residents in these countries “are anxious about local medical care and increasingly expect support from the Japanese government,” according to a person close to the ministry.

 

However, vaccines need to be stored at extremely low temperatures, and many countries do not have a well-developed transportation network. The Japanese government will therefore face numerous technical issues in arranging vaccinations overseas, such as how to deliver vaccines to Japanese people and how to inoculate them. It will consider the matter based on the results of the ministry’s investigation.

 

In contrast, foreign residents in many developed countries can also be vaccinated. This is due to the widespread belief that vaccinations are less for the benefit of individuals and more for the purpose of herd immunity, which will contain epidemics through the immunization of a large number of people.

 

According to the ministry, there were about 1.41 million Japanese living abroad as of October 2019.

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