Japan's new COVID-19 vaccine czar Taro Kono commits to rapid yet safe rollout
Japan Times -- Jan 20
Taro Kono, newly appointed as minister in charge of rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, said Tuesday he would tackle the challenge with a complicated logistics plan to deliver an effective blitz of vaccinations quickly.

“I will do my best so that more people can get safe and effective vaccines at the earliest possible date,” he told a news conference after a Cabinet meeting.

Hisayuki Fujii, state minister for the Cabinet Office, and Hiroshi Yamamoto, state minister for the health ministry, will support Kono in their roles as state ministers with responsibility for the rollout.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Monday night that Kono, the minister in charge of administrative reform, would oversee the distribution of novel coronavirus vaccines, as the administration attempts to recover from sinking approval ratings and simmering criticism over its handling of the pandemic.

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新型コロナウイルスのワクチン接種を担当することになった河野大臣は、関係機関からのヒアリングに着手する意向を示しました。  “ワクチン接種担当”・河野規制改革担当大臣:「輸送ですとか保管、会場の設定といった接種に関するロジについて担当することになる。国民の皆様が安全で有効なワクチンを一人でも多く、一日でも早く接種できるように全力を尽くして参りたい」  そのうえで、「まずは現状把握に努める」と述べ、関係機関からのヒアリングに着手する意向を示しました。  一方、ワクチンの接種時期について、政府関係者によりますと、2月下旬に医療従事者から開始し、3月から4月にかけて高齢者や基礎疾患を持つ人に、5月以降、一般の人に実施したい考えです。 - ANNnewsCH

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