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Japan vaccination uncertainty casts doubts over Olympics

Japan vaccination uncertainty casts doubts over Olympics
Posted at 6:22 AM, Jan 22, 2021

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is publicly adamant that it will stage its postponed Olympics this summer.

To pull it off, many believe the vaccination of its 127 million citizens is key, an immense undertaking in the best of circumstances and complicated now by an overly cautious decision-making process, bureaucratic roadblocks and a public that has long been deeply wary of vaccines.

Japan hopes to start COVID-19 vaccinations in late February, but uncertainty is growing that a nation ranked among the world’s lowest in vaccine confidence can pull off the massive undertaking in time for the Games in July, casting doubt on whether the Tokyo Olympics can happen.