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The Cabinet on Friday decided to use ¥1.4 trillion ($13 billion) in fiscal 2021 reserve funds, mainly for additional COVID-19 vaccine purchases as well as securing medicines for patients.

Of the amount, the government allocated about ¥841.5 billion to procure more vaccines and promote its inoculation rollout as the country struggles to contain a spike in virus infections driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

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