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COVID vaccines

A 40-degree fever and splitting headaches: The delta variant up close

Nikkei reporter who contracted highly infectious strain details his experience

My IV drip of the antiviral drug remdesivir lasted five days. (Photo by Naohiro Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- New coronavirus variants, such as the highly infectious delta variant, are spreading rapidly in Japan. For a vaccine to be most effective, a certain period of time beyond the second dose is necessary, and people who have received only one dose are still at high risk of being infected by a mutated strain. In my case, I (age 45) was infected with a mutated strain after receiving my first vaccination at my workplace. I suffered from a high fever and severe headaches for several days. People must remain cautious about the risk of infection when not fully vaccinated.

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