Japan starts vaccinations as new coronavirus cases, deaths drop worldwide

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan launched its coronavirus vaccination programme on Wednesday, five months ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, as the World Health Organization reported a fall in new cases around the world. The same day, Australia and New Zealand ended snap lockdowns after they successfully brought small outbreaks under control in just days — suggesting that despite their unpopularity, movement restrictions remain vital tools against the pandemic.  Japan kicked off its inoculation drive at a Tokyo hospital, with a plan to initially give Pfizer-BioNTech shots to 40,000 healthcare workers. “Hopefull…

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