The widespread vaccination against the coronavirus in Japan will begin in May and the government expects that the majority of the adult population of the country will have received a vaccine before the Tokyo Olympics in July, local press reports this Wednesday.
The government awaits the regulatory green light for the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine next month and to vaccinate first of all 10. 000 members of the medical staff on the front line against coronavirus.
They will be followed by some 50 million inhabitants at risk ( 65 years or more and the sick) before the end of April, according to government plans cited by the Yomiuri and Sankei newspapers.
Vaccination of the rest of the population of the archipelago , which has about 126 million inhabitants, should start in May at the earliest, they add.
Last year, Japan placed an order for sufficient doses of vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna Therapeutics and As traZeneca to cover the entire population.
According to the Yomiuri, the government hopes to vaccinate the majority of the country’s adult population between now and the Tokyo Olympics.
One objective ambitious, given that the opening ceremony is scheduled for 23 July.
And the distrust of the Japanese towards vaccines can complicate it: only the 60% of them are willing to be vaccinated, against 80% in China, 77% in the United Kingdom and 69 % in the United States, according to an international Ipsos study conducted in December.
The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, postponed last year due to the pandemic, have prepared countermeasures to be held this summer, Although the health crisis is not under control and vaccination is limited.
But in the current context there are more and more doubts about whether it is realistic.
In addition, in Japan the pandemic has worsened , which forced the government to declare this month a new e emergency status for 11 departments, including Tokyo.
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