Japan pledges $130M for vaccine as virus cases rise

Japan’s capital Tokyo on Friday announced 203 new coronavirus cases as the country pledged $130 million for the production of a vaccine to treat the infection.

The Tokyo Metropolitan officials conducted 5,499 tests on Oct. 6 of which 203 came positive today, 45 down from Thursday, daily Japan Today reported. The total cases climbed to 27,320 in the capital.

At least 87,756 Japanese people have tested positive in the country since the outbreak began last December in Wuhan city of China.

Japan also announced to contribute more than $130 million to the production of a vaccine “within an international framework to ensure that developing countries have fair access to coronavirus vaccines”, Kyodo News Agency reported.

The country’s Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, said Japan has extended more than $1.54 billion worth of aid to fight the global pandemic over a few months since February.

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