The current wave's speed and severity are overtaking the strategy of targeted cluster tracing Japan has favored over the mass testing used by many nations.
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Soma's nimble, homegrown approach eschews the reservation systems and fragmented efforts common across Japan.
Japan approved AstraZeneca's vaccine last week, but there are no immediate plans to use the shots in the country amid lingering concerns over rare blood clots.
IOC member John Coates has said the Olympics could be held even under a COVID-19 state of emergency, an opinion the union's leader said was infuriating.
Cabinet figures released this week showed that three months into the nation's COVID-19 vaccination push, less than 40% of all medical workers in the country were fully inoculated.
Japan's COVID-19 vaccine chief has blamed a rigid drug approval system for a slow inoculation campaign that is relying on only one approved shot, as a fourth wave of infections raises worries amid preparations for the Summer Olympics. Taro Kono, the minister in charge of ...
Technical problems derailed Japan's coronavirus vaccination booking system on Wednesday, compounding frustration over the government's handling of its inoculation drive.
Japan imported 28 million doses of Pfizer Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine through late April, but has so far used only 15% of the stockpile, with the remaining 24 million doses sitting in freezers.
Japan's unused shots suggest its inoculation push is failing to gain steam, even as inbound vaccine shipments triple over the next two months.
Japan has exhibited "poor performance" in containing transmission, along with limited testing capacity and a slow vaccination rollout, health experts wrote in the British Medical Journal