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U.S. Now Trails Major Nations on Covid Shots After Japan Surge

  • France leads Group of Seven nations in giving an initial shot
  • U.S. vaccinations slowed before delta triggered an outbreak
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The U.S. is now last among the world’s most powerful democracies when it comes to Covid-19 vaccinations, squandering an early lead and plentiful supplies to be surpassed even by Japan, which started inoculating months later. 

Japan, which started its mass vaccination program in April, has given first doses to 63.6% of its population, according to government figures released Tuesday. The U.S. has administered at least one dose to 63.1% of its residents, now the lowest among the Group of Seven nations.