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Japan primed for vaccinations, Suga says, eyeing February approval

Record daily cases and first appearance of new UK strain raise stakes

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Dec. 25. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday said the country is prepared to introduce vaccines and is looking at February as a key decision-making point.

"We have already developed an arrangement for starting vaccinations as soon as approval is given by the authorities," Suga told reporters. "All the necessary data will be in hand by February for the evaluation of the vaccine efficacy."

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