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Japan Pushes Up Its Vaccination Start, Though Supply Isn’t Yet Secured

  • Japan aims to start inoculation in mid-February, Suga says
  • Supply schedule is undecided, with Japan dependent on imports
Vaccination Simulation As Government To Examine Impact Of The Emergency
Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Even as Japan prepares to start its Covid-19 vaccine drive within weeks, supply concerns are clouding a timeline that officials for the first time acknowledged was running behind peers.

The exact schedule of when vaccines can be supplied to Japan can’t be guaranteed amid the ongoing European Union export controls and reports of delays in production, Taro Kono, the administrative reform minister who is heading the vaccine rollout, told reporters on Tuesday.