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In Asia, both rich and poor countries are lagging in the effort to vaccinate.   © Illustration by Eric Chow
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Vaccines versus the variants: Asia's race against time

For Japan, Philippines and more, a scientific miracle meets a political mess

MARRIAN ZHOU, FRANCESCA REGALADO, CLIFF VENZON and KIRAN SHARMA, Nikkei staff writers | East Asia

NEW YORK/TOKYO/MANILA/NEW DELHI -- The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines is a modern scientific miracle. In little over a year since the virus was identified, mass inoculations using safe, effective and thoroughly tested vaccines have begun in dozens of countries.

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