Abe provides $800 million to create a coronavirus drug and vaccine

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$800 million will be allocated to develop a drug and vaccine against coronavirus, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday. This was reported by the NHK TV channel.

Abe called for international cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and, in his view, now the first priority is to develop a drug and then the vaccine.

“There are no boundaries for infectious diseases,” he recalled.

Japanese Prime Minister stressed that about $234 million out of the allocated $800 million would go, in particular, the Coalition for Innovations in the field of preparedness for epidemics (CEPI).

On May 4, after long consultations with experts, the Head of the Cabinet of Japan announced the extension of the state of emergency until May 31. At the same time, the authorities left some hope for the citizens, explaining that in some regions the restrictions can be lifted earlier, if circumstances permit.

According to the latest data, the number of ill in Japan has reached just over 15 thousand people, while 536 people have died. A total of 4156 people have fully recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

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