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Coronavirus

Japan says it will have enough vaccine for 36m seniors by June

But most doses arrive in May, and local staff shortages risk slow rollout

A woman receives a simulated shot during a training session for mass COVID-19 vaccinations held in the Japanese city of Kawasaki in January.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan expects to receive enough coronavirus vaccine doses to fully immunize health care workers and the country's 36 million elderly people by the end of June, but questions remain about the capacity of localities to carry out the inoculations.

Taro Kono, Japan's vaccination czar, on Friday provided reporters with the timetable for deliveries of the two-dose regimen, based on the broad agreement for a schedule reached with vaccine maker Pfizer. The drug company said it will supply 144 million doses to Japan this year, enough to complete vaccinations for 72 million people.

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