Japan’s slow Covid vaccine rollout casts cloud over Olympics

Posted by on April 26, 2021 5:11 am
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Just 1.3% of Japan’s population have received at least first dose, with less than 90 days until Games

More than two months after it began its vaccine rollout, Japan still lags behind the rest of the developed world, raising questions about its preparedness and doubts about the wisdom of holding the Olympics in Tokyo in less than three months’ time.

To date, 1.3% of Japan’s population have received at least one of two doses, compared with 40% in the US, 49% in the UK and 20% in France, according to Our World in Data. Neighbouring South Korea, which has also been criticised for a slow vaccine uptake, has inoculated more than 4% of its people.

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