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Japan eyes fourth COVID shots as latest surge begins to ease

Children between 12 and 17 years old to get third doses starting in April

A woman receives a shot of the coronavirus vaccine in Tokyo.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan is preparing to offer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to adults as early as summer in an effort to prevent a new surge of infections after the sixth wave has begun to subside.

The move comes as the country's children under 18 have yet to receive a third dose. The government plans to expand the eligibility to people between the ages of 12 and 17 as early as next month.

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