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(Update) COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin in Japan

(Update) COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin in Japan

   Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--Vaccinations against the novel coronavirus began in Japan on Wednesday, targeting some 40,000 medical workers.
   The medical workers at 100 locations nationwide, including national hospitals, will be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine developed by major U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc.
   Vaccinations are expected to help the population acquire herd immunity needed to contain the epidemic.
   Still, schedules for vaccine supplies to Japan are unclear, making it uncertain when vaccinations will be available for other people, including the elderly.
   The first coronavirus vaccination in the country was conducted at the National Hospital Organization's Tokyo Medical Center, given to Kazuhiro Araki, head of the hospital, followed by other doctors and nurses.

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