Suga Orders COVID-19 Vaccination Center to Be Set Up in Tokyo

Politics

Tokyo, April 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga instructed Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Tuesday to establish a large-scale venue in Tokyo to be managed by the Self-Defense Forces for mass vaccinations against COVID-19 in order to accelerate the inoculation campaign.

The facility is expected to open for three months from May 24.

The government is making arrangements to set up a similar center in the western Japan prefecture of Osaka.

"We want the Defense Ministry and the SDF, both capable of conducting organizational activities, to establish and manage a large-scale inoculation center," Suga said at a meeting with Kishi.

On the Tokyo center, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a news conference that the government "will strongly support vaccinations in Tokyo and the (neighboring) prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa."

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