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Local governments are being offered a degree of flexibility in who they can prioritize for inoculations — on condition they promise to finish giving shots to people 65 and older by the end of July — Japan’s minister in charge of the vaccine rollout has said.

At the moment, local governments across the country are scrambling to vaccinate all their older residents by the end of July — a target imposed on them by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

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