Ruling party leader candidate Noda calls for vaccinating ages 11 and under
Written by tokyoclub on September 18, 2021
Seiko Noda, a candidate to succeed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, called Saturday for COVID-19 vaccines to be administered to children aged 11 and under.
The health ministry currently approves shots developed by Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. for people aged 12 and higher. The vaccine created by AstraZeneca Plc is also available for ages 40 and up, and people allergic to the other shots.
Noda, executive acting secretary general of the LDP, made the comments during a debate with the three other candidates at the Japan National Press Club. She also called for abolishing LDP factions in order to push forward party reform.
Former communications minister Sanae Takaichi vowed to invest in the development of Japan-made COVID-19 vaccines and treatments if she wins the Sept. 29 party election, while vaccination minister Taro Kono argued for “drastic” changes to the country’s pension system.
Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reiterated his plan to draw up an economic package worth “tens of trillions of yen” to help people and businesses hit hard by the pandemic.