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Japan may achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus by mid-October at the earliest thanks to a recent acceleration in the country’s inoculation drive, Nomura Securities Co. said in a research report released Thursday.

Analysts at Japan’s biggest brokerage said that reaching COVID-19 herd immunity, whereby at least 70% of the population is immune to the disease, is possible by the week of Oct. 18, about two months earlier than their previous estimate.

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