Kishida advocates health security at GZERO Summit amid COVID-19 pandemic
December 8, 2021
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida advocated health security in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic, during an address Wednesday for the GZERO Summit.
The three-day virtual conference organized by the Eurasia Group and supported by The Yomiuri Shimbun and other organizations is being held through Thursday.
In his video message, Kishida stressed his intention to work on promoting vaccines, free PCR tests and oral antiviral drugs to address “risks that threaten the sustainability of our socioeconomic activities.”
Positioning these measures as “health security,” Kishida said, “we will … fundamentally strengthen the entire course of progression from prophylaxis and discovery to early treatment.”
Kishida also showed readiness to invest about ¥500 billion to develop and produce domestic vaccines and medicines, considering preparedness for new infectious diseases.
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