Japan Says 50 Percent of Population is Fully Vaccinated

Pedestrians wearing protective masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk underneath Japanese national flags at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Government officials in Japan said on Sunday that 50 percent of the nation’s population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, The Associated Press reported. 

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on a Japanese media talk show that Japan should reach a 60 percent vaccination rate by the end of September.

The government is also expected to ease COVID-19 restrictions in November as a large percentage of the population will be vaccinated, the AP noted, adding that citizens who test negative will be allowed to travel, attend social gatherings, and mass events.

Japan, which started its vaccine program in mid-February, has seen up to 1 million vaccine doses administered since late May, the news service reported.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Olafimihan Oshin

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