Japan begins rollout of COVID-19 vaccination programme

Syringe shortage hinders Japan's COVID-19 vaccination rollout

Syringe shortage hinders Japan's COVID-19 vaccination rollout

"The mortality rate and the risk of illness have gone down overseas, so hopefully vaccinations starting in Japan can change the situation here", she said.

"Tennessee has administered more than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far, and we've made substantial progress in protecting our senior citizens who are over age 70 through vaccination", said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.

"This is to ensure that there are no serious allergic reactions after they have received the vaccine, " he said, as reported by a local daily.

The Governor's Office of Emergency Services said in its press release that the state is coordinating closely with FEMA to make sure the doses used at its two sites won't decrease the supply available for other sites in the counties.

By the middle of March, around 3.7 million health workers are scheduled to start receiving their first jab, with people aged 65 and older in line to follow in April.

Malaysia has secured access to enough coronavirus vaccines for its entire population, as it prepares to roll out its inoculation programme by the end of this month.

On Jan 11, Malaysia through the Ministry of Health signed an agreement with Pfizer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd for delivery of the Covid-19 Pfizer-BioNTech BNT1262b vaccine nationwide.

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"I'm not really taking the Olympics into my consideration", he told Japanese media.

Japan's approval process has been slower than in some other countries because it has required additional domestic trials.

Hanging over the rollout of the vaccines - which will go first to medical workers, then the elderly and vulnerable, and then, possibly in late spring or early summer, the rest of the population - are worries about shortages of the imported vaccines Japan relies on, and a longtime reluctance among many Japanese to take vaccines because of fears of rare side effects.

The lack of vaccine supply also forced the county's vaccination sites to limit all appointments for second doses only last week.

The UK has now offered a COVID-19 vaccine to all of the most vulnerable and those who care for them - with people in this group accounting for 88% of COVID-19 deaths.

A spike in cases late previous year prompted the government to impose a state of emergency, now in place in Tokyo and several other parts of the country until March 7.

Organisers and officials have outlined virus countermeasures they say will keep the Games safe even without requiring participants to be vaccinated or quarantined on arrival.

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