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Japan to provide ultracold freezers to store COVID vaccine

Government faces challenge of inoculating millions by July for Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO -- Ever since Japan signed an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech in July to receive 120 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine, the country has been getting ready a mass vaccination plan.

The already herculean task has been made more urgent by the need to inoculate 125 million people, each with two shots, by the Olympic Games which is still set to begin in Tokyo in July. Pfizer said in a July statement that the deliveries are planned for the first half of 2021.

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