Japan, government towards new support measures
New support measures to deal with the health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic and more clarifications on the health status of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, following the multiple medical examinations in recent weeks. These will be the themes of the conference scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, the first in which the head of the government will be present starting last June 18. The new initiatives wanted by the executive, explains the newspaper Yomiuri Shinbun, will focus on the commitment to ensure a number of sufficient doses of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as available, adequate support for medical institutions and the expansion and speeding up of results. medical tests. The Tokyo government has reached an agreement with the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the American Pfizer to obtain at least 120 million vaccinations once they are placed on the market. In this regard, writes the Yomiuri Shinbun, the executive will use the reserve funds deriving from the second supplementary budget for fiscal year 2020. Meanwhile, speculations on Abe’s medical condition increase, after recent hospital visits for those who so far have been called ‘simple routine checks’. Last Monday, the premier visited Keio Hospital a week after a long and meticulous examination, assuring the press present that he wanted to provide more explanations on another occasion. In recent weeks, following the premier’s prolonged absence, a weekly wrote that Abe had vomited blood in July during a business meeting. An indiscretion not confirmed by the cabinet office. On the same day as his hospital visit, Aug. 24, Abe became Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, surpassing Great-Uncle Eisaku Sato’s record of 2,798 days without interruption. Abe’s primacy is the result of the union of the first short term, between 2006 and 2007, and the subsequent period in government, starting from 2012 to today.