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Japan will contribute up to $500 million (about ¥62.1 billion) to U.N.-backed efforts to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday at a leaders’ summit held to secure funding to boost the global vaccination rate.

The sum comes on top of the $1 billion already provided by Japan to the COVAX vaccine-sharing program as lower-income nations struggle to secure doses amid tight global supplies and as the pandemic drags on.

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