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Dry ice, containers and overworked doctors: The hurdles for Japan's vaccine roll-out

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Japan can't even get the basics together...yet the Olympics MUST go on! Smh.

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"It's not just a case of being able to switch a part on a machine, the production method (for the ice) is different," said the official, who asked not to be identified. "It would take several months to retool."

The Japanese pay multiple taxes but their money isn’t going to pay for efficient government-by the time (several months later) Japan has the first vaccination out there, other countries will be Covid free...

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How does one apply for the position of 'expert' in Japan. I think I would be perfect, I can comfortably predict all these problems at least a year in advance of them being identified by the Japanese experts. I could also do some urging if needed and at a push some 'strong urging'.

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This is the time for the, legendary?, Japan Inc to step up to the plate and give back to the people, on whose backs, their industries were made world famous!

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It would appear the curtain has been pulled back and the ineptitude and pathetic version of governance is being reviled. But the time to change has been waisted years ago.

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The only hurdle is the vaccine.

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Companies that specialize in moving medicines 

It will be interesting to learn corporations get the contracts to handle the coming phases, and what roles Dentsu plays.

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Hey! We're looking for 10,000 medical personnel to work the Olympics! Who's interested? Anyone interested in a lot more overtime??

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Already the last major industrial country to start mass vaccinations, Japan is likely to be hampered on the ground by a lack of containers and dry ice, and difficulties in recruiting medical staff,"

For god,s sake and they havent even started...not like they had no time to plan and prepare and learn from whats going on in other countries that have been vaccinating for months. Pathetic as usual.

The first shots for medical workers are planned at the end of February, leaving just 145 days until the start of the Games on July 23. Japan will need to deliver about 870,000 injections a day to inoculate half its population by then, with each person needing two shots of the vaccine"

Keep dreaming, the LDP incompetents in charge needed months and months just to deliver the 10 man yen support money last year where other countries needed a few days or a week, and how about that mother of all pork barrel jokes - Abenomask that nobody has ever worn, again months and months just to deliver a pathetic piece of clothes to the letterboxes.

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gentlemen, ladies. Let’s get the priorities right. First, the Olympics and then... and then..

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We get several daily articles on vaccines, but never anything about treatment. How are people with covid19 treated in Japan?

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Japan has purchased enough Pfizer vaccines to inoculate 72 million people

it's a relief. I was in the misconception that Japan had not bought any vaccines yet.

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Big problems remains theres noth

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According to Nikkei, AstraZeneca will license local firms to produce 90m units in Japan. The vaccine doesn't require very low temperature (survive at 2-6C). Hopefully it's become a silver lining.

Japan to produce 90m doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Japan-to-produce-90m-doses-of-AstraZeneca-COVID-19-vaccine

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According to Nikkei, AstraZeneca will license local firms to produce 90m units in Japan. The vaccine doesn't require very low temperature (survive at 2-6C). Hopefully it's become a silver lining.

AstraZeneca's tests in Japan will finish in May, may be approved in June. Supply chain will be arranged after that and we may have the vaccines in August - for essential workers and elderly. Meanwhile, in other countries the vaccination is finished.

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Japan faces Olympian task with slow start to Covid vaccinations:

Japan was among the first countries to report cases of Covid-19 after the world was alerted to the virus in December 2019. But just over a year later, it is the last major economy to deploy a vaccine – a measure widely acknowledged as the best hope for a return to something resembling normal life.

The first round of jabs is not expected to begin in Japan until the end of February, months after the US and UK – which have recorded far higher death tolls and caseloads – began their vaccination programmes.

On explaining the apparent lack of urgency, officials have pointed to Japan’s relative success in averting a catastrophic outbreak, with 373,000 cases and 5,300 deaths recorded to date.

But getting the vaccine into arms has also been delayed by clinical trials involving Japanese people that must be completed before it can be approved, and a history of vaccine hesitancy among large sections of the public.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/28/japan-faces-olympian-task-slow-start-covid-vaccinations

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"Though we're extremely hopeful about the vaccine, it is still difficult to forecast how widespread and effective vaccinations will be in time for the Olympics," he said.

Is he really asking this? The second scheduled approval, after Pfizer, is in May. You do the math...

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the real problem is..... no CORONA MASCOT. suggestions please, via fax or postcard, to the special panel of government experts.....

coro-chan?

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AstraZeneca's tests in Japan will finish in May, may be approved in June. Supply chain will be arranged after that and we may have the vaccines in August - for essential workers and elderly. Meanwhile, in other countries the vaccination is finished.

According to Nikkei (Japanese) , the process of both production and regulatory approval will go simultaneously, get it done by May for rollout. Trial tests were already made last August. Homemade (licensed) vax and no requirement of special coolers will secure supply chains and quick delivery.

アストラゼネカのワクチン、9000万回分を日本で量産へ

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQODZ253AU0V20C21A1000000?unlock=1

At that same time the government will receive the import of the remaining 30m jabs from AstraZeneca by March. So backups are made.

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coro-chan?

How about waku-waku wakuchin? Or waku-chan? ...to counter the waku-wacky anti-vaxxers

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no comment/better/.....

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the process of both production and regulatory approval will go simultaneously, get it done by May for rollout.

Good to know

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Don't need a doctor to give a vaccine shot!!!

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""Though we're extremely hopeful about the vaccine, it is still difficult to forecast how widespread and effective vaccinations will be in time for the Olympics," he said.""

How about demanding that anyone who wonts to buy tickets or attend the games show proof of Vaccination first, then you will have a safe Olympics,

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Why 自得体 isn't tasked to help? In most of the badly hit countries, even military helps. They have the resources, staff. Build shelters where a vaccination can take place, distribute what's needed. Central Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit should be able to do it if no one else... But nah..!

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