After a period of tension and frustration in Japan, the country finally hit a milestone of 1 million vaccines per day. With only a small amount of people vaccinated and the Games set to start in less than a month, is there enough time?
The pace vaccines are being administered is quickening but the young are reluctant to get a vaccine. This is due to anti-vaccination misinformation campaigns and because officials slowed vaccination appointments as demand outweighs supply. On top of that Japan has been allowing the arrival of highly contagious variants as they try to welcome international athletes. There are worries and speculations that the government’s vaccination efforts may fall short.
Private companies and Universities have joined the government to help with the vaccination drive. They will be prioritizing full vaccinations of elderly people by the end of July. The increased distribution of vaccines may actually cause shortages. Taro Kono, the minister in charge of inoculation said, vaccine distribution cannot keep pace with demand.
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