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COVID vaccines

Japan 2-shot vax rate tops 50%, tracking levels in major Euro nations

A woman receives a dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Tokyo Dome, the home ground of Japanese professional baseball team Yomiuri Giants which is currently being used as a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination center, in Tokyo, Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- More than 50 percent of Japan's population has received two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the vaccination rate on course to soon draw level with major economies in Europe, the minister in charge of coronavirus response said Sunday.

"If vaccination moves ahead at the current pace, it will surpass 60 percent by the end of this month," Yasutoshi Nishimura said on a TV program, drawing a comparison with current rates in Britain and France.

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