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Suga says Japan's vaccinations to begin in the middle of next week

Country set to start inoculation with Pfizer jabs, starting with health workers

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga addresses a meeting of the government and ruling parties at the Prime Minister's Office on Feb. 10. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that the government will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for health workers "in the middle of next week." The government is planning to start the rollout of Pfizer vaccines as early as next Wednesday.

Speaking at a meeting with the government and the ruling parties, Suga said, "We'll start in the middle of next week, once we've confirmed [the vaccine's] efficacy and safety."

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