Japan social media furore over prospect of vaccine priority for Olympic athletes

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan is thinking of prioritising COVID-19 vaccines for Olympic athletes, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, sparking a furore on social media as the country’s inoculation drive significantly lags behind other major economies. Only the Pfizer vaccine has so far been approved and just 1 million people have received the first dose since February out of Japan’s population of 126 million. Vaccinations for the elderly are only set to start next week. This comes against a backdrop of a spike in new cases ahead of Olympics that is set to start in July. According t…

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