Countries that have secured vaccines for the coronavirus have been forced to make a hard choice: give two shots that will guarantee a higher efficacy, or give one shot to as many people as possible. For now, Japan is sticking with the two-shot plan, but that could change.
Japan will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for older residents on April 12, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday, as the rollout gradually expands beyond health care workers.
A health ministry advisory panel said Wednesday that new COVID-19 cases in 10 hard-hit prefectures under a coronavirus state of emergency are declining at a slower pace, and may even stop falling.
After sitting on the sidelines as the U.S. and Europe plowed headlong into vaccinating against COVID-19, several Asian nations are now starting to administer shots.