Details: Officials plan to first vaccinate a group of health care workers who will then administer the shots to other medical professionals. The vaccine is to be rolled out to older people and high-risk populations by late spring, but Japan is unlikely to have its entire population vaccinated before it hosts the Olympic Games this summer.
Japan approves its first Covid-19 vaccine
Japan gave the green light to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and will begin inoculations this week. The country’s health authorities have been slower than those in the U.S. and Europe to approve a vaccine, but they are not as desperate as those other places because infection rates in Japan are lower.
A state of emergency remains in effect in Tokyo and other regions until March 7, in part because of the appearance of new coronavirus variants. The number of new cases has dropped drastically, to a seven-day average now under 2,000 from its peak of 8,000 daily new infections in January.