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Japan aims for full vaccinations by this fall: Kono

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This man in delusional.

No country has been fully vaccinated or even close to it.

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BS again!

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as the nation aims to fully vaccinate its population by October or November.

Is he going to bring the SDF or the police to force the millions like me who don't want to take the jab? Kono is beyond delusional.

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As many recall from their trip abroad in April when the cherry blossoms in D.C. were most lovely, PM Suga promised Sep 2021 delivery and a completion by Oct - Nov 2021.

“Suga has announced a goal of completing vaccinations for all those who want the two-dose regimen by October or November.”

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/COVID-vaccines/Japan-PM-to-meet-with-Pfizer-CEO-to-quicken-vaccine-supplies

“[Kono] said Pfizer and Moderna booster shots will arrive early next year,[2022] in time for medical workers and the elderly, who were prioritized and mostly got their second shots by July [2022}.” -

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Seems the Japanese people have short memories or are too complacent

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Over one hundred million have doses of vaccine have been given. 55 million fully vaccinated 43.8%. 70 million one dose 55%.

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well, I guarantee Japan won’t be fully vaccinated for sure…

I know I won’t be

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I doubt it. These clowns can't chew and walk at the same time, they will be more focused on their elections this fall.

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Taro Kono, the Japanese minister in charge of the vaccine rollout, promised Sunday a timely administering of booster shots for the coronavirus, as the nation aims to fully vaccinate its population by October or November.

Is this the same "prophet" who claimed Japan would see 1,000,000 vaccinations per day? Give me a break. The idea of "(government) in charge" and "timely" in the same sentence is an oxymoron. These people can't even get the basics right half a year after the Pfizer vaccine was approved (which itself was months after it had been on the market elsewhere) and now they're making claims about vaccinating 80% of the country in the next few months and booster shots being handled competently next year.

He said Pfizer and Moderna booster shots will arrive early next year, in time for medical workers and the elderly, who were prioritized and mostly got their second shots by July.

Good luck getting Japanese people to volunteer for Moderna with the recall and now at least two deaths potentially linked to it. That is going to create a total bottleneck for the Pfizer shot. And even then, WHO exactly is to receive the booster? Everyone? What about people who had side effects or adverse reactions to the initial administration? Those who suffered the latter in particular are at greater risk of having more prominent or severe problems with additional injections. How will these individuals be handled?

And of course, all of this just ASSUMES that by next year, there isn't some new variant that is largely resistant to the vaccines. Even if Japan had 100% of its population vaccinated, that means nothing for other countries that still have extraordinarily high numbers of unvaccinated. Those countries could and likely will produce future mutations that will end up spreading globally due to international travel. So then what? Close the borders indefinitely?

People who genuinely believe vaccines alone will solve the problem of COVID-19 are in for a rude awakening when the eventual breakthrough variant comes and ignores the vaccines entirely. Let's hope that doesn't happen, but given the world assumed this would all be over by Summer 2020, it's not looking good.

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The Tokyo Olympic variant will show its teeth soon enough.

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“Japan is aiming for 80% vaccination levels,” Kono said on a nationally broadcast Fuji TV show.

I assume this means 80% to be fully vaccinated out of 125 Mio inhabitants by October / November and not

Full vaccination = 2 shots

125 Mio citizens = 125 Mio x 2 = 250 Mio shots

80% = 125 Mio x 80% = 200 Mio total shots to give

Current number of shots as of today as per Yahoo:

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/pages/20210122

(2-shots fully vaccinated) 52,410,461 citizens x 2 shots = 104,820,922 shots

(1 shot vaccinated) 13,451,762 shots

total amount of shots given: 104,820,922 + 13,451,762 = 118,272,684 shots

Total to go to reach 80% (200 Mio shots): 200 Mio - 118,272,684 = 81,727,316 shots

Assuming 1 Mio shots / day: 81+ days, hence: done indeed by mid-november

Problem:

. we are rarely reaching 1 Mio shots / day since 1st week of August

. we seem to run out of vaccines everywhere

. vaccination logistics are in complete disarray, people can't get access to vaccines

Conclusion: if all above 3 points are fixed: yes, feasible. Not holding my breath that the dimwits in charge will get around to do anything else than roll out "election promises" which only bind those gullible enough to believe in them (i.e. "voters").

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Fall is September 23rd

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shoot!

should have read:

"I assume this means 80% to be fully vaccinated out of 125 Mio inhabitants by October / November and not full vaccination by October / November."

Anyway, interesting timing, isn't it? Meeting a target by October / November which is going to be the election-period. How quaint.

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80% is possible in Japan. There's less vaccine hesitancy here than in the USA where 50% of the population have their minds poisoned by Trump and Republicans.

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The only thing this man is competent in is selecting a striking mask.

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@justaskingToday  05:56 pm JST

80% is possible in Japan. There's less vaccine hesitancy here than in the USA where 50% of the population have their minds poisoned by Trump and Republicans.

Possible: yes

Likely: not so much

The problem is not the demand ("the public"), it's the offer ("the government") who would need a level of efficiency and organization that it has never shown since this crisis started one and a half year ago. I sincerely doubt they will be able to fix everything in the next 2 and a half months to reach this goal. The mental capacity is simply not there...

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Most people I know aren't getting it..

but then again I don't know a lot of people! Ha!

But seriously with these containments cropping up everywhere it won't do anything to instill confidence in this useless vaccine!

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could be just in time to start the 3rd boosters which apparently everyone is going to need 6 months after their second dose.

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There are discussions about the third shot, but let’s see which happens first?

The first, second shot. (But go for it ) I say the third shot is probably a year or more away from actually being discussed then a meeting then oh we missed that window.

like an evacuation in the breeze so much time so little puff for you and me.

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Kono must be either delusional or a liar. Those vaccines are not designed to prevent infection. Haven’t you guys heard of ADE (Antibody dependent Enhancement)?

Watch this.

https://twitter.com/aki_ishiyama/status/1431629509468377093?s=21

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Kono has also said in the past Japan is ahead of the rest of the world in vaccinations.

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What exactly does Kono do all day?

I mean besides saying ignorant things every few months?

They need to make a show, A Day in the Life of Kono.

It would be the biggest comedy ever!

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Just how disconnected is this guy from the field?

All the vaccines went to the elite areas, while areas where common people live received almost none. While Minato-ku will finish vaccinations soon and have plenty of appointment slots, people in the "poorer" areas cannot take those spots because vouchers are limited by the city/ward you live in. Not to mention many people still have not yet even received their vouchers!!!!

There are no appointments available left this year for the majority of the under-65 population for this ENTIRE year yet he wants to finish vaccinations by this fall?

Just look at the lines at Shibuya. Currently, for most people, there's only the 300 or so shots / day from the Shibuya center and about 2000 shots a week from the JSDF center.

That would only be about 18 weeks left this YEAR and assume that both the Shibuya center and JSDF center can vaccinate about 5000 people per week, it would be only 90,000 vaccinations by end of this year. It would be a miracle if they can even increase vaccination rate in the under 65 group in Tokyo by 10% by end of this year, especially for the under 39 group, it would be a miracle if it even hits 30% vaccinated by end of this year.

Before anyone tell people to make appointments, only people in privileged areas or in privileged companies have access. The areas where most common people live were not supplied with any vaccines by the national government and there is ZERO hope to schedule an appointment within this year.

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Before it was "full vacciantions before the Olympics", before that it was "by summer", next we'll have "by the end of this year".

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There's absolutely zero chance for Japan to hit 80% vaccination rate before Q2 of 2022, AFTER the untested domestic vaccines comes online. You heard it here first

. Kono is just lying to the public, as there is no way the majority of the under 65 people will even get an appointment before November. If he really wants people to get vaccines, then he would drop the vouchers or at least let the common people use the open vaccination spots in Minato-ku and Chiyoda-ku. But nope, of course he won't, as the vaccines are only reserved for the elites and the privileged.

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What exactly does Kono do all day?

Probably the same thing as the rest of the "leaders" of this country do: Sleep or watch crocodile videos in the Diet, than go out for a tax-payer funded steak dinner in Ginza.

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Whatever assessment they did before coming up with these targets, the contamination incident was surely not taken into account.

They need to reevaluate their targets.

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the nation aims to fully vaccinate its population by October or November.

And Mr Kipling aims to be twenty years younger with a full head of hair!

We probably have about the same chance of success.

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Ridiculous. The UK started vaccinating in December and, unlike Japan, have a proper and full on vaccination programme and a smaller population yet won’t have full vaccination by the end of this year or any other. Kono is talking utter nonsense, and he knows it.

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