Japan was very careful about vaccines – and now it’s been admitted that it made the wrong decision

If I could go back in time, I would ignore the home tests we did

– The head of the ministry stressed, affirming his conviction that under normal circumstances, local testing for vaccines is indeed necessary, but in the event of an emergency caused by the Coronavirus, it is better to start vaccination as soon as possible, writes MTI.

Kono said opposition parties were forced into local testing, and the press had the right to attack the government if vaccines were administered uncontrollably and something went wrong. On the other hand, health professionals have pointed out that local trials, with 200 or fewer participants, are not scientifically feasible.

By the way, in Japan, the general distrust of vaccines is especially high. Decision makers may also have had delays in vaccination because they wanted to boost public confidence in vaccines through local, multi-cycle testing. In addition to Japan, Australia and New Zealand have also deliberately delayed their vaccination programme. We wrote about this here:

In Japan, among the developed countries, the vaccination campaign began relatively late, in February, and very few vaccines were initially available in the country. According to Reuters, 4.8 percent of the population is currently receiving two doses of one of the vaccines. Currently, about 700,000 people in the country are vaccinated daily, and Kono Taro is confident that this could rise to 1 million per day by the end of the month.

It is also news today that Japan does not plan to use the 120 million doses of AstraZeneca that have been locally ordered at the moment, and has already started distributing it among its regional allies.

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