TOKYO, Oct. 27 — The Japanese government has passed amendments to the law, according to which the country’s population would be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease for free, reported Sputnik news agency.
According to Kyodo news agency report on Tuesday, the vaccination will be obligatory, however, if there is insufficient evidence on vaccine safety, the obligation will be waived.
The Japanese government will also pay compensation in the event of adverse reactions following the inoculation.
Japan expects to have the COVID-19 vaccine in the first half of 2021, which will be sufficient for the entire population.
In early September, Japan decided to buy 120 million doses of a vaccine being developed by the US pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, and another 120 million doses from the UK’s AstraZeneca.