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Japan scrambles to vaccinate defense forces ahead of flood season

SDF members start receiving shots to prepare for summer rains

SDF personnel respond to flooding from torrential rains in northern Kyushu in July 2017. (Photo by Masaru Shioyama)

TOKYO -- Japan began vaccinating Self-Defense Forces members against the coronavirus Monday, readying the emergency and national security responders to mobilize for the floods and typhoons common in the summer.

The country has fallen behind others in inoculating defense personnel, who generally live and train in groups and face a higher risk of COVID-19 clusters.

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