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If the delta variant gains prevalence while many people have only received one dose of the vaccine, the number of people infected with the coronavirus will not decrease in society at large. We shouldn't be delaying giving people their second dose, but if there aren't enough vaccine doses, there's not much we can do.

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Eiji Kusumi, director of Navitas Clinic. In response to shortages in the Japanese government's supply of coronavirus vaccines to local governments, local bodies have started asking for permission to extend the interval between the two doses that people receive.

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Though still inconclusive, but spreading the vaccines out to more than 3 weeks may actually make them more effective. The 3 week separation is little more than an arbitrary guess since long-term trials were not been done, and no trial was done on Delta before any vaccine before the vaccines began being distributed since Delta didn't yet exist. So they are literally making things up as we go along.

But in the UK they did separate the doses by 2+ months, and compared elsewhere which only did 3 weeks, vaccinated people in the UK seem to be fending off Delta much better.

Only time will tell, as we are all just guinea pigs with these vaccines.

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why you cant admit that these experimental vaccines are at first place just a big business as they are not effective as advertised?why cant you admit than even vaccinated people with covid passes can transmit virus as same as unavaccinated people and-most important-can be infected by virus even vaccinated?

look in UK or Israel and think a bit....

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We shouldn't be delaying giving people their second dose, but if there aren't enough vaccine doses, there's not much we can do.

Long story short: a government-generated catch-22.

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Every few days on here, I read about how Japan donated (#) million doses to this country and that.

If we're having a shortage here, why are we giving away so many to other places?

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How lucky people in Japan can't get their " so called " vaccination. Look at the statistics. There are very few deaths overall and the ones now dying are the ones who have had the jab. All you hear about every day are the number of infections, but where are the death numbers ? All people need is a couple of doses of Ivermectin if they start feeling unwell. Governments refuse to allow or promote Ivermectin due to an agreement with drug companies not to use alternative methods whilst the poisonous jabs are used.

Something has happened to You tube. You can now see videos that in the past would have been deleted. There are videos on Ivermectin with testimonies from people who have been saved through this life saving medicine which is cheap and has been in use for more than 30 years as an anti-parasitic drug,

The Japanese government is telling people to stay home to recover if they are sick, but at the same time they should be supplying Ivermectin tabs as they do in some other countries now. It is criminal not to allow medicines that will cure people. This Covid nonsense and it's made up dangerous variants will soon be over and many people will be held accountable for crimes against humanity. If you know where to look, there are reports of many thousands dying and suffering permanent damage from the vaccines. Covid itself is just a bad flu. If these so called vaccines are so effective, why do you have to wear masks after being vaccinated by something that is claimed to be 70 to 90% effective ? You were all told in the beginning that if you get vaccinated you don't need the masks anymore. Wake up !

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@vic:

One can be asymptomatic with the flu and spread it around. Same with one of the two hundred or so common cold viruses.

If everyone would get the life saving shots, then we would not need masks. We wear masks to prevent as much as possible antivaxers from getting the disease like you.

Say Thank you!

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Speed,

Because Japan is donating vaccines they don’t want Japanese citizens to get because someone somewhere said they were unsafe. it’s called Vaxxdiplomacy: appear to be helping by giving countries a vaccine the Japanese government doesn’t want.

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Duh.

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The vaccine is not the silver bullet to stop the spread of this virus. It will only be beaten by social distancing and isolating those who are infected.

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NUMEROUS studies in the west now sow that 8 (eight) weeks is the sweet spot for Pfizer. 8 weeks. Why doesn't Japan keep itself aware of these developments? (Rhetorical question)

Just Google: 8 weeks sweet spot for second dose

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Too long slept , it’s a bit late for such luxury thoughts. Also, it’s not a competition about hitting perfectly the sweet spot of whatever weeks or days, according to vaccine type. And we just don’t have the time now for waiting 8 weeks each. With those currently quickly rising numbers it’s important to have a maximum of people vaccinated twice and fairly effective, because one vaccination is not at all effective enough with delta.

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The vaccine is not the silver bullet to stop the spread of this virus. It will only be beaten by social distancing and isolating those who are infected.

The vaccine is the silver bullet.

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There's definitely enough vaccine doses. The government is just withholding them from distribution to save the market for the domestic vaccines next year.

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The government is just withholding them from distribution to save the market for the domestic vaccines next year..

While I don't have proof and seldom subscribe to conspiracy theories, he cynical side of me has been telling me all along this has been the real reason of the SLOW vaccine rollout in Japan.

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Well, you can stop giving the vaccine to other nations, for starters. Granted, I know they are only dumping the AstraZeneca on other nations because they think it's too risky to use locally, but still.

blahblah222: "There's definitely enough vaccine doses. The government is just withholding them from distribution to save the market for the domestic vaccines next year."

I agree 100% with the latter, and they've actually said as much, albeit more like, 'While there is a lot of vaccine hesitancy, we think that will disappear with the domestic vaccine to be released later this year', I think it's possible there is a shortage. But the reason for the shortage is that they've only been buying the bare minimum in preparation for what you said.

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