As the Olympics is approaching, Japan could be facing a Covid-19 vaccine crunch


Due to a shortage of Covid-19 vaccinations from the central government, several Japanese towns have stopped accepting reservations, potentially delaying vaccinations across the country only weeks before the Olympics in Tokyo. A few other localities have similarly halted new bookings or postponed plans to allow those under 65 admissions.
Because of a scarcity of government supplies, Osaka City, which is part of Japan’s second-biggest metropolitan region, considers halting new vaccine reservations, Mayor Ichiro Matsui said on Thursday (July 1).
Japan’s immunization campaign has picked up steam after a sluggish start, but it will still fall short of reaching most of the population before the country hosts the Olympics. Any delay in vaccines puts pressure on Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government, attempting to hold the global sporting event while dealing with a pandemic and an alarming rise in illnesses in Tokyo ahead of the opening ceremony on July 23.
In Japan, vaccinations are largely imported from Pfizer and BioNTech, and municipal governments mostly do injections. Municipalities create inoculation programmes for citizens and make requests to the federal government for the vaccine needed. The dosages are then distributed by the central government, which retains the supply.


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