Many African and South American nations got the Chinese or Russian vaccine , not really efficient.
The Russians gave up their vaccine (Sputnik V) for peer review and testing by the U.S. and Europe. The Russian vaccine has been proven to work.
One the other hand, the Chinese government was not cooperative with their vaccine for peer review and testing. They then tried to ship their vaccine off to unsuspecting or desperate poor countries. Now it has been found that the Chinese vaccine is not as effective as the others.
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There is no way to tell the true extent of coronavirus in Japan, because there is NO mass testing. So Japan's numbers are not apples to apples in comparison to other countries where they has large testing programs.
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Japan is at 8% vaccinated. At 1 million shots a day, at best they will get to around 16% vaccinated when the Olympics start. Another aspect is the supply of vaccine. Even if Japan wanted to accelerate the per day vaccination number, they don't have enough vaccine to do it.
Japan's vaccination program needed to have got up to this number 1 million per day number (and with the correct supply of vaccine for the population) back in at least early May. This is an classic example of too little, too late. The key question now is how bad will the COVID Spike in Japan will be? It's a matter of luck now.
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I don't blame the Emperor for being concerned. The people that didn't get a national and general vaccination program pushed out faster (like in April and May) should be held accountable. The Tokyo Olympics could become a massive coronavirus super spreader and new variant creator event. Just plain ridiculous. Well at least some Japanese companies and politicians got their money. I'm sure they had privileged first serve vaccination service.
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I kind of think this stance on the law of same surnames is for convenience. Possibly it makes it easier to do the family registry at the city offices and for government "tracking" purposes.
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Japan doesn't do mass TESTING, like other countries. So the actual infection numbers will always look low, which is probably by design for the usual "national image" purposes. It's quite strange that Olympic athletes that tested negative before coming to Japan, all of the sudden come down with the coronavirus while in Japan.
It's embarrassing that Japan (or at least the Tokyo area) didn't have an aggressive and massive vaccination program operating in April and May, as oppose to this ridiculous last second shenanigans where only a low fraction of the population will be vaccinated when the Olympics start. Numerous countries are already over 60% of the population vaccinated. There are no good reasons that a small highly homogenous country like Japan with one of the highest GDPs, couldn't be at that level of vaccination. The Olympics looks like it will be a super spreader event for the coronavirus.
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