Thousands of lives could be saved as Japan begins to actively promote the HPV vaccine — which can prevent cervical cancer — after a decade of misinformation and weak policy left inoculation rates dismally low, advocates say.

The percentage of teenage girls getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been close to zero since the country’s 2013 decision not to promote the jab as panic erupted over alleged side effects.

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