As the nation furthest ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination program, Israel has almost completed the inoculation of its adults and is now regaining freedom of movement.

But the country has not lowered its guard against the virus. It has already set up orders for 2022 with Pfizer Inc. so that those who received two shots of the vaccine can get a third if necessary.

Meanwhile, the government of Japan has struggled to secure vaccine supplies, despite Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's view of the vaccine as a weapon to fight COVID-19 and his target of bolstering the nation’s vaccine rollout with the goal of one million doses administered per day.