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Kono says vaccination of general public may begin in late April in some areas

  • March 23, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri ran its one-on-one interview with Administrative Reform Minister Kono on Monday, during which he expressed the view that it will probably become possible for municipalities with small populations to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to the general public as early as late April. The paper wrote that the GOJ is planning to provide each municipality in Japan with at least 1,000 doses of the vaccine in the last week of April. Although the municipalities will administer the vaccine to people aged 65 and older first, Kono said municipalities with populations of less than 1,000 may be able to begin vaccinating younger people at the same time as the elderly. Kono also said negotiations with the EU on vaccine shipments will probably enter a crucial stage in May and that the GOJ will consider issuing some form of a vaccination certificate to people traveling overseas. Kono expressed caution about China’s vaccine diplomacy, including its plan to issue entry visas on a priority basis to foreign travelers who have received Chinese vaccines.

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