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Japan Aims to Vaccinate Most of Country Before Olympics, Report Says

  • Ambitious plan aims to inoculate 50 million by May: Yomiuri
  • Vaccine minister says anonymous reports shouldn’t be trusted
Olympic Venues As Coronavirus Casts A Shadow Over The Games
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Japan aims to vaccinate the majority of its population against Covid-19 by July, according to a report, meaning most of its more than 125 million residents could be inoculated by the time the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin.

The country plans to complete vaccination of 50 million people in high-priority tiers, including the elderly and health-care workers, by April, according to the Yomiuri newspaper, citing multiple unidentified people. Japan then plans to begin inoculation of the general public as early as May, depending on the availability of doses, the report said.