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No Chinese vaccines to be taken by Team Japan, minister says

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I wonder, if and probably when Japanese citizens start going abroad for their vaccinations. Right now, at least for many EU countries, many Japanese spouses of foreign residents are eligible. Not sure if all or just some, but doesn't matter too much with EHIC.

Because it'll take at least a year, if not much more, to have our citizens vaccinated (those who want).

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I say NO to drugs and anything made in China!

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I say NO to drugs and anything made in China!

Not true you wouldn't be able to post here without a computer, tablet or phone, would you ?

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"We are taking comprehensive anti-infection measures including activity management

Yes the Japanese pandemic activity management strategy. No eating or drinking outside after 8PM, even after exhausting yourself at your event. Stay inside, do not talk talk to people from other countries, foreigners are dangerous spreaders; just compete, exhibit yourself and then cocoon.

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Smart Move !

Boycott China !!

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"... we are proceeding on the assumption of people not getting vaccinations."

That's not what I wanted to hear.

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It’s good ideas for a change that Japan denied China

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Not true you wouldn't be able to post here without a computer, tablet or phone, would you ?

Or take any drugs at all I think. Aren't the overwhelming majority of the world's drugs made in China? Or just America's?

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Michael MachidaToday 04:59 pm JST

I say NO to drugs and anything made in China!

Well, good luck with that. Your phone, PC, TV, radio. Chips inside are most likely made in China. Capacitors, resistors, PCBs. It comes down even to things like cables to your electric kettle, cable isolation,... Heck, even colour used for your clothes colouring.

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BartoToday  05:42 pm JST

I say NO to drugs and anything made in China!

Not true you wouldn't be able to post here without a computer, tablet or phone, would you ?

That's how it's been for the last two decades. Let's hope 2020 will bring an end to it.

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I can imagine russian "vaccines" EPO-based for Olympics :D

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Finally, a decision i can agree with on the olympics

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Dump the olympics and bach

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Yes, be careful. And certainly nothing from China, please oh please boycott China.

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Once again the IOC President and the Tokyo Olympic officials don’t seem to have their stories aligned. Seems like they simply don’t communicate with each other, make new rules / strategies and release statements without actually agreeing on it! Both organizations are poorly run and corrupt to the core!

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Great, there are more vaccines..

Never use drugs from China !!..

Boycott China !!..

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China has already supplied the world with a drug called Covid!!!

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AFAIK China hasn't yet published their clinical results on legit peer-reviewed publications

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Yes. We've had enough of China's medical "contributions" to society.

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The question would be what about athletes and team officials from 3rd world countries who arrive in Japan unvaccinated? While most of first world countries would have vaccinated their team members well before arrival in Japan, vaccine is not readily accessible in 3rd world countries.

So do unvaccinated athletes and team officials who arrive in Japan get vaccinated with Chinese vaccine, or will Japan kindly divert its precious Pfizer vaccine to incoming athletes?

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"There is no change that we are proceeding on the assumption of people not getting vaccinations."

They should be proceeding on the assumption that vaccinations will be required to participate in the games, along with negative test results.

Or, were they planning on offering discount travel vouchers to the athletes instead?

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This type of behavior is unbecoming of a member of the East Asian Economic Bloc, and moreover undiplomatic.

I personally took the Chinese version lof the vaccine last week and there are absorutelry ZERO side effect... I got my shot aftah easy tewafone call, good deal you call too you get shot no pwahblem you call now get free small order of wonton soup I got 福建speshole pwice炒飯for駌鴦炒飯you!

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No Chinese vaccines to be taken by Team Japan, minister says

Shocked, I tell you, just shocked! Never would have seen this coming.

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Well done Suga Cabinet. Standing up to Communist China.

Hopefully other nations will stand tough like Japan.

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The Chinese vaccine is more of a traditional vaccine and has some advantages (i.e., not focusing on only one protein), but it's from China so I wouldn't trust it...

Not focusing on only one protein is not an advantage, because noantibodies against any of the other proteins have demonstrated being neutralizing, so it would be at best useless, and at worst it would represent an increased risk of producing negative side effects like autoimmunity (that fortunately have not been observed).

That is why it is so important that clinical trials are conducted with at least the same degree of transparency as the vaccines developed in the west.

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Looking at the picture the stuff animal looks more sincere and happy to be there!

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Or take any drugs at all I think. Aren't the overwhelming majority of the world's drugs made in China? Or just America's?

This is an incorrect statement take from a right-wing summary of a summary that was meant to scare US Congress in the fall of 2019 to look at the problem.

Turns out that the US FDA doesn't track were ingredients or final drugs come from, so there isn't any real factual data.

The most correct information about America's drug supply chain from the GAO says:

"Nearly 40 percent of finished drugs and approximately 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) are manufactured in registered establishments in more than 150 countries,"

Further,

There are nearly 2,000 manufacturing facilities around the world that provide pharmaceutical drugs to the United States. Of those, 230 are in China. There are 510 in the United States and 1,048 in the rest of the world. Even though the number of manufacturers in the United States is at a historical low, the supply chain is clearly quite diverse.

For WHO essential medicines, the production are still very diverse.

21 percent of production facilities are in the United States, with 15 percent of them in China, and 64 percent located somewhere else in the world.

Based on these FACTS, no, China does not product most of the drugs used in the US.

However, China does produce the only sources for capreomycin, streptomycin, and sulfadiazine. These are used mainly to treat tuberculosis and trachoma.

Seems an incorrect, misquoted story in *The Atlantic** *could be behind some of the confusion.

The Atlantic left out crucial context about lack of reliable information that was included in the Council on Foreign Relations' report.

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Sure, I'd like to say "BOYCOTT CHINA", but that's hardly practical in these times.

Don't get me wrong. I'm no fan of the PRC or the CCP. So, what I suggest (and practice in reality), is

"BUY LESS FROM CHINA".

Every less Yen (or Dollar) you spend on Chinese junk, every less Chinese product you use, the better it is for the rest of the world.

Every tiny bit of effort counts.

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That is why it is so important that clinical trials are conducted with at least the same degree of transparency as the vaccines developed in the west.

But I think we can all agree that China being the most evil, duplicitous country on earth would never do that.

Right?

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Why???

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The Chinese vaccine is more of a traditional vaccine and has some advantages (i.e., not focusing on only one protein), but it's from China so I wouldn't trust it...

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"Why???"

Don't you worry.

You are still free to take it though, as Japan will not be too concerned about your preference.

Why wait till breakfast?

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If Japan is having a difficult time securing the vaccine from other nations and the IOC welcomes China's offer, then The JOC needs to agree to have its athletes get the jab of the Chinese variant.

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