Japan began its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Wednesday, starting with medical workers and planning to reach the general population by the summer.
It’s a late start compared with other countries.
The slow rollout was in part because the authorities requested that Pfizer run separate vaccine trials in Japan.
There was also less urgency as Japan has managed to keep infection levels relatively low and, so far, has recorded around 7,200 deaths, despite worries about the spread of more contagious variants.
Ready for the Olympics? Organizers of the Games have been under scrutiny, as no tournament this large has been possible during the pandemic.
Even the much smaller Australian Open had to call off spectators after a small outbreak.
In Shimane Prefecture, which has recorded 280 cases, the governor threatened to cancel activities around the torch relay to avoid spread of the virus.
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