The problem is some serious mismanagement and in my opinion some sheer incompetence.
Japan has 14 million doses of COVID vaccine (according to Reuters) but they've only used a little more than 4 millions according to the government vaccine tracker.
Why? we have the vaccine, we have the people willing to get vaccinated, we have the data from hundreds of millions of people already vaccinated to prove it's safe but Japan can't get the two together.
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Suga held talks with U.S. President Joe Biden in April and stressed Japan was doing everything possible to contain COVID-19 infections and hold a "safe and secure" Olympics.
Doing everything possible except vaccinating it's own people.
Israel is not hosting the Olympics, yet they have a 62% vaccination rate.
Chile is not hosting the Olympics, yet they have a 44% vaccination rate.
Japan IS hosting the Olympics and has a vastly superior economic power than those two combined, and yet, they have a vaccination rate of 2.4%, it kinda makes you wonder why.
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Maybe we should all enroll in the Olympics.
That's the best chance to get vaccinated in Japan right away.
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If the government wants the Olympics for the advertising revenue, who's gonna buy those products if the majority of the people oppose it?
I don't know which company wants to be associated with such a controversial event, especially in a country like Japan.
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Here's a wild idea: How about vaccinating everyone and be done with COVID?
Unless Japan have mass vaccinations there will be another state of emergency and another and another while other countries are gearing up to fully reopen their economy and travel.
The way it's going right now, it looks like next year Europe and the United States will be fully reopen while Japan will have another "Gov't to decide on..."
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A cruise ship in a country with less than 2% vaccinated.
Who could have seen this coming?
Also note, the air conditioning is shared among the cabins, locking everyone in doesn't really help, especially for the rooms close to the guy infected.
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...may start in July...
...If the government...
Too many forward-looking statements and too little action.
Meanwhile the number of vaccinations in the last three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) has been exactly ZERO.
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Nope, Japan has 15M vaccines in the storage. No supply shortage here, only incompetence.
The Pfizer vaccine has a shelf (freezer) life of six months.
If nothing changes, in September or October we're gonna hear the news they would be throwing away million of expired doses.
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So, there's a "state of emergency" but they don't do vaccinations on weekends and holidays because as we all know, COVID likes to take a break on weekends.
Now, what are the odds that there will be a week long pause in vaccinations during Golden Week?
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Meanwhile the total number of elderly people vaccinated in Osaka prefecture is... (drum roll) 347, and the total number of elderly people vaccinated in Chiba and Hyogo prefecture is... (another drum roll) ZERO.
If that's the progress being made, we're gonna be stuck with COVID long after the rest of the world has moved on.
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If Japan did mass vaccinations like Israel (61% vaccinated) did, it would have reached herd immunity by the start of the Olympics, fully open to tourism and influx of money.
Instead we're stuck at 0.93% vaccination rate with no plan to speed things up.
I wouldn't be surprised if five years from now, the rest of the world has moved on and Japan is still stuck with masking and closing restaurants at 8pm.
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"Freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are the universal values that link our alliance," Suga said
Does it mean Japan plans to change it's housing laws?
In Japan, Kamala Harris would have hard time just to rent an apartment.
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The water is treated at a processing facility on the premises to remove most contaminants but the process cannot remove tritium, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear reactors
I'm not a nuclear experts but a simple google search turned out that in 2018 in Osaka a team of researchers from Kindai University has developed a new filter enabling the removal of water containing radioactive tritium.
Perhaps the government officials involved should give a call to Kindai University?
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The vaccination rate in Japan, which depends on imports of coronavirus vaccines, is far behind Britain and the United States, and lower than the global average of 5 percent.
Ok, but what is the vaccination rate in Japan??
It's really slow, only 100,000 people/workday (apparently in Japan COVID takes a break on weekends) and less than 1/2 million have been fully vaccinated.
If you look at the numbers each facility has inoculated an average of 13 people a day.
At this rate the elderly are likely to die from old age (or COVID) before they can get vaccinated.
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This is good for Japan but it could have been avoided in the first place if there was a real mass vaccination program in the first place, not the 90,000-or-so people vaccinated a day we have right now.
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The time for each country to reach 75% vaccination rate is:
USA: 3 months
Chile: 4 months
UK: 5 months
Canada: 10 months
Brazil: 10 months
EU: 1 yr
China: 1.1 yrs
Russia: 1.9 yrs
South Africa: 10 yrs
Japan: 10 yrs
It's time for Japan to speed things up.
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Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster
The problem is not getting the vaccine but injecting the one we have into people's arms.
At the average of 25,000 shots/day it will take seven years to vaccinate just half the population.
How about vaccinating people also on weekends? the virus doesn't take a break so should we.
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Meanwhile, as of today, only 125,580 people are fully vaccinated in Japan.
Not fully vaccinated today, fully vaccinated TOTAL
Nice and slow Japan!
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That's a good sign.
I got "screwed" once at a gas station because their illuminated street sign had a price much lower than anyone else in the area, then I found out they charged tax on top of it.
That was the last time I went there.
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According to the official government vaccination tracker, they're not even vaccinating people on Saturdays and Sundays and they're vaccinating an average of 30,000 people a day.
At this rate it'll take 224 days to vaccinate 4.8 million health care workers, so mid-April is out of the question, December maybe.
Good luck getting vaccinated in Japan.
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Why is the vaccination rate going down despite the cases trending upward?
Yesterday they've vaccinated only 42,054 people and that's down from 73,863 people just a couple of days before.
At this rate it will take 14.9 years to vaccinate everyone in Japan.
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I still would like to know how can a foreign visitor who:
A) Must take the 72 hours preflight COVID test
B) Must take another COVID test at the airport
C) Has to quarantine for two weeks
D) Must install the tracing app
can possibly infect anyone, if nothing else is the other way around.
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Why there is no total number of vaccinations available?
There is. See the CNN link I posted above.
I found it, straight from the Ministry, Labour and Welfare website.
As of 2021-03-19, 578,835 people have been inoculated.
553,454 have received their first dose, 25,381 have received their second dose.
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Why there is no total number of vaccinations available?
We don't know how many people have been vaccinated so far and what's the daily progress.
It should be published right along with the daily number of infections, deaths and discharged people.
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How about the constantly increasing number of people who just refuse to wear a mask then they go into a convenience store?
Not a single day goes by without seeing at least two or three.
The other day I had two guys coming behind me when I was washing my hands and when I told them to wait outside the little hallway and wear a mask they didn't even bother answering.
That's the kind of thing the police should be focusing on, not people who accidentally use the wrong bathroom.
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Use the insulin syringes for COVID-19 and give the dead-space syringes to the diabetes patients.
Sure there's a little bit of waste, but Japan can easily produce as much insulin as needed, unlike the COVID vaccine which Japan can produce none.
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Japan is not exactly a third world country, it should be a matter of days if not even hours for a Japanese manufacturer to start producing the required syringes.
Why in the world are we still talking about "syringes" when other countries, like the United States are vaccinating more than 2 million people a day and now planning to have vaccination centers also at the dentists and even veterinarians?
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It would have been better have the Olympics, fully open to everyone, in 2022.
The pent-up economy is coming, the signs are everywhere.
There's a record number of people planning vacations for the after-covid and China is incidentally holding the winter Olympics just at the right time.
Japan could have the 2022 "Summer" Olympics right after China's, without COVID and lots of people wanting to travel and spend money.
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Until the link between the vaccine and the brain hemorrhage is proven (and right not it's not), putting this front and center is just spreading FUD and it's totally irresponsible for any Japanese media.
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So, either those freezers are not monitored for sudden changes in temperature and no-one noticed until Monday or they've just let those vaccines go to waste instead quickly giving them to the first 1,032 people who happened to be around.
Either way, Japan can do better than that.
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