Japan’s first coronavirus shots were given to health workers, beginning the vaccination campaign considered crucial to holding the already delayed Tokyo Olympics
The government gave its belated first approval for shots developed and supplied by the Pfizer shots, already been used in many other countries since December.
Inoculations of 3.7 million more health workers will begin in March, followed by about 36 million people aged 65 and older starting in April. People with underlying health issues, as well as caregivers at nursing homes and other facilities, will be next, before the general population receives its turn.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are to begin in July.