Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga receives his first dose of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: KYODO pool
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Suga receives COVID-19 vaccine shot ahead of U.S. trip

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First shot: 16 March

Second shot: 6 April (3 weeks later)

U.S. Visit: 8-11 April

CDC Website: “People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

23 ( +26 / -3 )

Will Suga and Biden wear masks during the meeting?

Will they shake hands for the photographer?

How far from each other will they sit during the meeting?

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Suga is slated to get the second shot three weeks later before departing on the trip, in which he will be the first world leader to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden in person.

Good for him. Get the vaccine publicly and lead by example. He just may last a few years as PM.

-11 ( +7 / -18 )

Will Suga and Biden wear masks during the meeting?

Will they shake hands for the photographer?

How far from each other will they sit during the meeting?

Does it matter?

3 ( +13 / -10 )

Does it matter?

Of course!

As world leaders they should show the world that they do best preventions.

0 ( +12 / -12 )

lmao sleepy Yoshi, you wanna go to the White House and be friends with Joe; get ready for that shot. ganbare!

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CDC Website: “People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.”

He is Japanese, he is special. CDC/FDA recommendations don't apply to Japan, otherwise they would approve the vaccines without any further trials.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

At first, he refused to get a priority seat for the vaccine and wait his turn like every citizen.

But now, he will get it.

Politicians change always their mind for their needs.

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The official said Suga's vaccination will likely be open to the press, following the example of leaders of other countries who have received their shots in front of cameras "

Just another example of J-leadership desperate need to be seen as part of the " advanced countries cool kids club" ...I,ll do what Joe is doing ...copycat central.

To lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus during the April trip, Suga is keeping his entourage small and having everyone receive both shots before departure, according to the official."

Or you could.. you know...make a couple of video calls and have zero risk of corona spread, but then again when your approval ratings are down the drain and both corona and Olympics fiascos keep rolling on, a photo op with the boss at the White house provides a tiny bit of distraction no matter how desperately obvious it is.

17 ( +18 / -1 )

Well done Mr Suga, you,'ve contained this covid so totally deserve to get the jab, now we need to get the go to travel started again.

-19 ( +5 / -24 )

Lead by example.. Example of being so late, when some medical staff already got it? I'd rather not go public with this. It's like boasting "we didn't win. But we're not last either"..

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Please stay in Japan until 27 April, two weeks after the second shot on 13 April. There is no need to rush coming to the United States before you and your entire group are fully protected from the Washington strain of COVID. Don't take anything back to Japan with you that will start another spread of the disease in Kasumigaseki. Why not have Biden come and visit you? After all, he has had all his shots.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

I have no issues for PM’s to get their vaccines in advance, however this time it’s ironic how this one made so hard for vaccines to being approved in Japan, and still is one of the first ones to get it.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

"Good for him. Get the vaccine publicly and lead by example. He just may last a few years as PM."

Then again, taking the risk of rushing his shots and not being fully protected, he and the whole group might get COVID in the states and he may not last very long as PM. They might all be eligible for Darwin awards, though.

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This is setting exactly the wrong example for the country as he will be traveling before the period that his vaccine has started working less than two weeks after his second dose ( if administered on schedule) in fact almost within the period some people have the worst side effects straight after the second dose.

Didn’t he say he was going to wait till his turn came according to his age, and now he and all his entourage have taken Japan’s limited doses from health workers.

We will probably see a spate of ministers doing the same thing scheduling international trips and bloated entourages to get early vaccinated as most of the country will still be waiting when 2022 arrives

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Skipping the line

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Vaccine already highly effective day 15 after first dose

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Placebo shot...not the real one. This is just a publicity stunt to say, "See, it's safe".

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

Have we reached herd immunity by now?

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

well who really cares?

abt this useless salaryman...withou charisma,leadership and without results...

13 ( +15 / -2 )

Exactly, @Asiaman7. But it enables for delicious restaurant dining meetings. lol

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I just don't got it, why Japan has no research or innovation to develop a Covid19 cure vaccine instead importing from Pfizer? A nation of 120milion populations rely on imports vaccines is very risky! Japan is far lagged behind a popular vaccination!

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To lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus during the April trip, Suga is keeping his entourage small and having everyone receive both shots before departure, according to the official.

So he is keeping his entourage to all over 60? If not then why the heck are they getting a vaccine out of turn?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

So govt.politicians getting their shots before e.g. the elderly and the ones with pre-existing conditions? And just in time to end the so called SOE (and to stop even pretending they’re trying to stop the spread). They will be safe(r) then, so never mind the expendable normal folks, just as long as the yens keep on rolling...

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So he is keeping his entourage to all over 60? If not then why the heck are they getting a vaccine out of turn?

Unless he decides to take Koizumi Jr, they will all be men 60 and over, guaranteed.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I get it, politicians are VIPs, they should get vaccine priority over the plebs. But why can't Suga stay in Japan and use video conferencing tools? I guess you can't enjoy the perks of a stately visit via Skype.

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Skipping the line

Maybe. But my wife's doctor here in Kobe told her earlier today when the vaccine becomes available his clinic will be able to give them. He also said he will accept appointments. I'll take his word - he's always been straightforward - and see it as good news.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Was the vaccine Suga got, the same as whatever vaccine that they'll be giving to us "plebeians"???

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Why is it taking so long for Japan to get the vaccines?

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1glennToday 02:02 pm JST

Why is it taking so long for Japan to get the vaccines?

LDP will always come with some sort of excuse. It's always blaming others here.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Is he the last "world leader" to get the vaccine?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

They should'e been testing be testing the vaccines on politicians. If they survive, they're safe. If they don't, we're safe.

In any case, Suga will be needing more than shots of vaccine to get through a meeting with Biden. A few hits of caffeine might help.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Does diplomacy really dictate/require Suga san meet with Joe Biden face to face? 

Both are vulnerable, the comms 4k technology exists to count the hairs poking out each other noses.

Think carbon neutral, the so called green new deal,  both can chitter-chatter to there hearts content from the confines of there residences.

Have both got anything in common?

Neither play golf.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Think carbon neutral, the so called green new deal, both can chitter-chatter to there hearts content from the confines of there residences.

Exactly. Why should Suga be allowed to travel while the rest of us are held inside the countries where we're living? It's not like Suga has anything riveting to say, certainly nothing that couldn't be said over the video.

But again, rules for thee...

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Why not just Zoom meeting it?

Silly old men.

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Boku DayoToday  01:27 pm JST

Was the vaccine Suga got, the same as whatever vaccine that they'll be giving to us "plebeians"???

Nah, he probably got the safe one, i.e., saline.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Well, wouldn't it be nice if the rest of us didn't have to wait until May before we have to fight over the 2000 doses allotted to the Greater Tokyo Conurbation?

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shogun36Today 02:29 pm JST

Is he the last "world leader" to get the vaccine?

Well no, that one in NZ hasn't had it , wonder why ?

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Gooch

The timing is illogical.

Its seems the necessity, is to physically stand in front of each other with interpreters.

Stream the event. would be a first,

Joe meets Suga san. they could both compare residences.

Innovate, for once, cast protocol aside.

Meet the families, let the electorates view how the other half lives.

Invite Oprah,

Mm-hmm, so, where did that come from Joe? wait a minute, wait a minute?

Suga san, J people, have to contribute how much for there own defense?

.......

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Placebo shot

The photo or...?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It’s a disgrace that Suga is taking the shot before ALL the medical dealing with Corona patients have been vaccinated!

The politicians in Japan are shameless!

4 ( +6 / -2 )

"CDC/FDA recommendations don't apply to Japan,"

They don't apply in Vanuatu, Eswatini, Nauru, Seychelles and Timbuktu either.

They are American recommendations.

Do you actually know what you are talking about prior to typing?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Alright. One down, the entirety of the country left to go!

Inexcusable how slow Japan is in getting vaccinations out.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Good for him. Nice shirt as well. I wonder where I can get the same one???

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I thought it was still limited to essential personnel.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Good for him. Nice shirt as well. I wonder where I can get the same one???

Daiso, from the look of it.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

To receive the jab him ,three medical staff does need to be done a bit exaggerated response , because of that, take a risky job and soon lead the overwork status on the medical site.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Jeez, in that photo, it looks as if he's getting the life sucked out of him through that syringe.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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