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Japan will start administering third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to older people early next year, vaccination minister Taro Kono said Tuesday, as the country aims to better respond to the spread of more contagious variants of the virus.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare decided last week to give booster shots to people who have gone at least eight months since receiving their second dose, citing studies that show antibodies that protect against the virus decrease over time.

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