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Kono says supply will determine vaccination progress

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Only 2 other companies have bothered to start Japan's onerous application or additional clinical trials process. Me thinks this has more to do with the progress of vaccination in Japan than syringes.

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A first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine that arrived last Friday is enough for 40,000 doctors and nurses from 100 selected hospitals across the country, he said. 

What about the other 360,000 Pfizer vaccines that arrived last Friday? What has happened to those doses?

https://rikiweb.com/category/national/first-covid-19-vaccines-arrive-in-japan-from-pfizer-media

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we can snort the vaccine, worst case.

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What about the other 360,000 Pfizer vaccines that arrived last Friday? What has happened to those doses?

My guess it was somebody's wishful thinking by adding an extra 0. There was always talk of 40k, not 400k, prior. Or it could have been a "mistake" by the government for which some poor underling will pay for if it comes out.

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to encourage the Japanese people to take the vaccine,” 

Good luck with that!

90% of the japanese people I know, including my wife, dont want to take the vaccine.

They are too scared of the possible side effects.

They heard too many scary news from the media and the self nominated so called experts.

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"Supply will determine vaccination progress"...Wow Kono, that's some deep thinking you've done there.

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Supplies of imported vaccines are a major concern because of supply shortages and restrictions in Europe, where many are manufactured, Kono said.

I thought that the concern was the inability of the a Japanese government and bureaucracy to work together efficiently ?

Do we really pay tax at 8% on our food for theses incompetents?

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Watching the BBC yesterday how the Brits are vaccinating anyone and everyone almost everywhere makes me think it will take Japan years before they even get close to herd immunity. With all the paperwork and forms needed to be filled out, and then consulting with a doctor to make sure you didn't have the sniffles before your injection, there are just not enough doctors and time to inoculate the numbers they will need for their precious Olympics!

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On Sunday, the government formally issued the country's first COVID-19 vaccine approval,

More like "finally" rather than formerly! The government decided months ago it was going to use Pfizer when they purchased the vaccinations from them!

The delays are atypical for just about anything here!

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Kono said (extra testing in Japan) was necessary to address the concerns of many Japanese about safety in a country known for low vaccine confidence.

Actually, in the Diet, he cited "racial" differences (between the Japanese people and everyone else on planet Earth.)

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Wow can drag the process out anymore seriously you get the impression that the government don’t want to spend the money on vaccines and just blame supply

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@kurispusiu

Do we really pay tax at 8% on our food for theses incompetents?

Worse. 10%

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On Sunday, the government formally issued the country's first COVID-19 vaccine approval, for shots developed and supplied by Pfizer Inc

What is formally ? Is this published somewhere ? Who actually approved the vaccine ?, do these people have names ? But how ?, did Pfizer prepared the data in Japanese ?

I really want to see the details .

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At one time the Japanese government said Japanese people could not eat American beef because their intestines were longer. So it makes sense for them to think a vaccine will work differently in a special Japanese body.

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Supply will determine progress.

What a genius Capt. Obvious is.

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Hopeless government hopeless systems, could be proactive but that is way too scarry for the men who call the shots. Rather sacrifice the population then save them and take responsibility.

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This vs those who over promise and under perform (Canada, EU...)? Just about tempering expectation, in the end results are what matter.

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Monty

90% of the japanese people I know, including my wife, dont want to take the vaccine.

I guess this just shows how different circles are, well, different because

90% of the japanese people I know, including my wife, WANT to take the vaccine.

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the concerns of many Japanese about safety in a country known for low vaccine confidence.

A lot of this scaremongering comes from the media, especially the "wide shows". The same people that ran daily stories about the mortal dangers of the Osprey helicopters in Okinawa.

In a country where people are constantly reminded about how "taihen kiken" not holding on to an escalator handrail is, it's no wonder.

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we can snort the vaccine, worst case.

I'm holding out for a suppository

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Can RikiWeb confirm the correct number of available vaccines that did arrive? It was widely reported to be 400,000. Yet this article states only 40,000 will receive the vaccine but doctors and nurses at hospitals. Where or whom is receiving the remaining 360,000? The elite of course is a given, police leads of course, but what about firemen, first responders, cashiers whom are all front liners, delivery folks, etc.

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It's great that they've made a start, but the statements sound like a deliberate attempt to shift blame to suppliers and to under-promise so as to avoid later scrutiny.

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Kono says supply will determine vaccination progress

No kidding? Wow, so if I buy a beer I can consume a beer. LDP brains trust eat your heart out.

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Why doesn’t Japan start manufacturing the Astra Zeneca vaccine? It did announce it was going to do so a few weeks back, but then nothing. Relying on other countries, other continents for your vaccines is part of the supply issue for many countries.

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thelonius

“Only 2 other companies have bothered to start Japan’s onerous application or additional clinical trials process”

The vaccine makers will make huge profits exclusively by selling their vaccines to Japan, with payment guaranteed and damages exempted by Japanese government. They could hardly have minded the onerous application process.

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Kono says supply will determine vaccination progress

Such a profound statement, not!

Let’s hope the vaccine is the silver bullet Japan is praying for.

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I feel that every new day, another new excuse is given. Why the bad Europe, US or whatever doesn't give us vaccine, why the XYZ doesn't do ABC, why are there 6 instead of 5 doses,...

Instead saying how many they received, shouldn't they also say how many and when they ordered? Because it's demand and supply.

I'd be really curious to see the number of orders and dates. Also, I am missing information on communicating with the companies on licencing the production to domestic producers. I've read that several EU companies are doing so, but not Japan.

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Japan fell behind after it asked Pfizer to conduct clinical tests with Japanese people

Just imagine if every country thought this way. We'd still be inoculating people with the small pox vaccine.

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90% of the japanese people I know, including my wife, dont want to take the vaccine.

They are too scared of the possible side effects.

They heard too many scary news from the media and the self nominated so called experts.

Yeah, same here.

In fact, every japanese person I've talked to about it other than doctors (but including some doctors!) has said they don't want to get it, and been surprised when I said I'd get it as soon as I could.

My parents in the UK got it about 3 weeks ago, which was a huge relief.

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It is free. I am getting it.

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It is free. I am getting it.

Please tell us how this tallies with your comment from yesterday:

The virus is weak but the hype in the news is not.

Some may die and so be it. It is what it is.

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A first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine that arrived last Friday is enough for 40,000 doctors and nurses from 100 selected hospitals across the country, he said. Half will participate in a health study by keeping daily records of their condition for seven weeks after their first of two shots.

“I feel like these vaccines are the trump card in COVID-19 countermeasures. I am very relieved that the vaccine has finally arrived,” said the hospital's director,

Health workers are always the first to get vaccinated.

People who should know exactly what theyre getting and getting into.

Yet many still dont want to get the vaccine.

They choose to give more weight to their fears, to what they dont know and dont understand,

rather than to what these health professionals represent, by injecting the vaccine into their own bodies.

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I would have literally laughed my arse off if the government DIDNT approve the vaccine, after ordering enough of it to vaccinate the country 3 times over!

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It was reported Japan ordered 500 million doses?

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@demazin

I can’t eat in pricey restaurants anymore so never get to the 10% figure...

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The vaccine makers will make huge profits exclusively by selling their vaccines to Japan, with payment guaranteed and damages exempted by Japanese government. They could hardly have minded the onerous application process.

actually the UK vaccine will be sold at cost price, just goes to show that most Japanese really have NFI how the vaccine is progressing in other countries, only what they hear on NHK

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I don't trust this statement, there has been delays and problems all the way, I can totally see the vaccines stored months while vaccination efforts crawl forward.

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