Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for health workers

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 17, 2021

Japan's first coronavirus shots have been given to health workers, beginning the vaccination campaign considered crucial to holding the already delayed Tokyo Olympics.

A new survey of UAE residents about vaccination for COVID-19 has placed safety, no major side effects and keeping their family safe as the three most important reasons for taking the vaccine.

Suga has said that vaccine deployment will be critical to holding a successful Olympics, delayed from previous year and due to start in late July.

There are also fears that millions of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine doses could be wasted due to a shortage of syringes required to maximise the number of shots from each vial.

With a population of under 10 million that is home to over 200 nationalities, 37 per cent of respondents were motivated to take the vaccine as national duty, and 33 per cent said they would vaccinate as social duty contributing as global citizens.

"The immunisation program is comprehensive to ensure a herd immunity is built in the community to break the chain of Covid-19 infection and finally end the Covid-19 pandemic", Muhyiddin said. "Our teams worked around the clock and throughout the weekend with the state to try and secure the second dose vaccine we requested", Beaumont Health Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson said in a statement.

Hospital director Kazuhiro Araki said he wanted to set an example for others by receiving the first injection. "I'm glad it didn't hurt".

Japan has signed contracts to procure a combined total of 314 million doses from Pfizer, AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc - enough for 157 million people.

Woodward also highlighted that the United Kingdom is one the largest donors to the COVID-19 Global Vaccine Access initiative by committing Pound 548 million (USD 762 million) in United Kingdom aid to help distribute 1.3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to 92 developing countries this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the vaccine remains effective when patients receive the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose.

The first phase of Malaysia's vaccination drive will run from February to April, and involve 300,000 medical and 200,000 non-medical frontline workers - including politicians, security and welfare officers, Science Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters after the launch.

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