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Japan last in line as nations press ahead with vaccination

With no shots yet, authorities scramble to regain lost ground

A nurse administers Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. state of Arizona. More than 50 countries have already started vaccinating residents.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- More than 50 foreign countries are already administering COVID-19 vaccines. But Japan has yet to approve any, and many local governments responsible for organizing vaccinations on the ground are sounding alarms.

"At this point, we do not have a detailed schedule regarding the vaccine supply," Taro Kono, Japan's minister in charge of vaccine distribution, told reporters Friday.

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