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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is said to be working desperately to achieve a target of administering 1 million COVID-19 booster vaccine shots per day, jittery about public criticism of Japan’s slow booster rollout.

At a liaison meeting of the government and the ruling coalition Tuesday, Kishida said the target was about to be attained on average, noting that the daily increase in booster shots registered on the government’s vaccination data recording system had reached 1.1 million shots the same day.

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