Last year, the Olympics were postponed because Countries (I believe it was Canada first) withdrew out of concern for their athletes. This year, if the athletes have been vaccinated - and they probably will be - those same concerns aren't there to the same degree. So I don't think we'll see countries pull out, even if the games are held under a state of emergency.
Nevertheless, it's going to shine a big fat light on Japan's inability to manage and coordinate a national vaccination campaign. The biggest losers in all this are the residents of Japan.
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"Myself and other athletes will accept what happens, whether the Olympics take place or not. And, of course, I will work my hardest if it goes forward. If it doesn't, I'll do my best for the next one."
That's about as good an attitude as an Olympic athlete can have under the circumstances.
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The whole country is dotted with monstrous eyesores like this.
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a move that could cast doubt on the planned Summer Olympics
Let's hope the doubters become more vocal and start demanding.
No vaccine, no Olympics!
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So, 180 days to do both shots for 900,000 people. That's 6 months people. Some countries can do that in one day.
This is nothing more than a publicity stunt to make people believe things are getting done. They need at least 10 of these sites to make a difference.
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Good on the nurses. I support that 100%
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So, in other words, Japanese people get off light; foreign residents have their lives destroyed.
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And yet, millions of vaccine doses sit unused in a freezer somewhere.
What is it going to take for these boneheads get things moving?
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Good information, but little use in Japan where the J&J vaccine has not been approved and probably never will be.
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Here's an idea: Don't micromanage it. Let private clinics do the vaccine (there are thousands everywhere), pay the doctors to do it, and make it available to whoever wants one.
Let people motivate themselves to get it. There is huge demand for this. Those who are hesitant can sit at home and wait.
Of course, this will never happen. The bureaucracy is too entrenched, and politicians are only responsive to the needs of people over 65.
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Looks like all those simulations paid off.
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Only 14 million doses for a population of 125 mil? We can't use those now. That would be unfair!!
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So the bottleneck now is notifying elderly residents? This will take years.
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I remember reading a month or so ago a projection that there would be over 1000/day by May.
Almost right on schedule.
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I really hate to use this term, but this is nothing but fake news, intended to make everyone feel that progress is being made to assuage an increasingly angry and impatient public. This Tamura guy should have been fired months ago. It's unbelievable how much ineptitude politicians and bureaucrats can get away with in Japan.
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Avoid people in their 20s, literally like the plague
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entrenched bureaucratic hurdles
.. a bloated health ministry, multiple redundant layers of bureaucracy, overly cautious mindset... oh ya, and bureaucrats more interested in holding goodbye parties than getting down to business.
If it's true, I'm glad it's starting to weigh on public opinion. No people deserve to be governed this poorly.
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For a country that is prone to so many natural disasters, Japan really sucks at moving fast in an emergency.
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You want to force a virus to mutate? Throw anti-viral drugs at it.
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"If you would like to go back to your home country for inoculation, that's fine," Japan's vaccine chief Taro Kono said last Friday. "Some countries have a higher rate of COVID-19, so you should consider which is safer for your health."
Daily deaths in Japan have surpassed those in the U.K., and are no doubt going to rise as Japan's turn to reckon with the variants is now upon us. I had high hopes Kono would act decisively, but now he just seems like a smug, empty suit, like the rest of the LDP.
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A little over 1.2 million health care workers and around 19,000 people aged 65 or older had received at least one shot of the two required shots as of Monday
Okay, that's after more than 2 months of vaccinations. That truly, and utterly pathetic.
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I guess they have to wait until people are sick enough to do the same for Tokyo.
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Actually, Japan has already received millions of doses from the EU that are mostly sitting in freezers.
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Ironically, by the time the Olympics start, many countries will be done with covid 19, while Japan will still be struggling.
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I don't see it as being her call to make. She's not an elected official, and not the sharpest tool in the toolshed either.
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I think you are confusing this with the Chinese vaccine. Russian vaccine has been shown highly effective in a peer reviewed independent study.
Personally, I'd take any vaccine whose safety and efficacy has been independently verified. No need to get nationalistic about it.
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So the 20s and 30s are getting infected the most. Should we vaccinate our public facing, working people first? I know the virus is harder on the elderly, but they can shelter at home. And a lot of them don't want the vaccine anyway!
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