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Japan kicks off COVID vaccination drive for elderly

Government says jabs for 36 million people to be ready by end of June

A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Nagano Prefecture on April 12.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan launched a much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccination drive on Monday that extends beyond health care workers, as the number of coronavirus cases is once again soaring.

The vaccination drive that now targets the elderly starts Monday and will cover Japan's 36 million people aged 65 and over.

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