Japan on May 24 launched a mass vaccination campaign in at least two provinces as Olympics and Paralympics games near.
Two state-run Covid-19 vaccination centers were opened in the capital Tokyo and Osaka province “in a bid to accelerate an inoculation program that has lagged far behind other developed countries with just two months remaining before staging the Olympics,” Tokyo-based Kyodo News reported.
The country’s Chief Cabinet Secretary said, “The government will continue to make all-out efforts so that as many people as possible can be inoculated as quickly as possible.”
Japan is set to host the delayed Olympics games from mid-July. The world’s biggest games were scheduled for the summer of 2020 but were delayed due to raging coronavirus pandemic.
Doctors and nurses from Self-Defense Forces will use the Moderna vaccine and will work for three months from morning to late evening with no holidays.