Japan Opens Mass Vaccine Centers 2 Months Before Olympics

Japan Opens Mass Vaccine Centers 2 Months Before Olympics

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Japan is scrambling to speed up its vaccination campaign ahead of opening day for the Tokyo Olympics.

Japan mobilized military doctors and nurses to give shots to elderly people in Tokyo and Osaka on Monday as the government desperately tries to accelerate its vaccination rollout and curb coronavirus infections just two months before hosting the Olympics.

Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is determined to hold the Olympics in Tokyo after a one-year delay and has made an ambitious pledge to finish vaccinating the country’s 36 million elderly people by the end of July, despite skepticism it’s possible. Worries about public safety while many Japanese remain unvaccinated have prompted growing protests and calls for canceling the games, set to start on July 23.

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