Syringe shortage hampers Japan's Covid-19 vaccination roll out

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today at a clinic in Bloomfield. Vaccines were rolled out in Germany, France, Italy and many European countries in late December.

Nurse Rino Yoshida, wearing a face mask and visor, was calm and relaxed as she too became one of the first people in Japan to be vaccinated outside of clinical trials.

"We also note that steps would be taken to tackle the undocumented foreign workers in the country given that this group is a big Covid-19 threat and risk to the nation and would impact the effectiveness of the immunisation programme if not addressed", it added.

Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Health, Dr Jemilah Mahmood said it was not impossible for Malaysia to achieve zero Covid-19 daily positive cases through the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Japan, where development of its own vaccines is still in the early stages, must rely on foreign-developed vaccines initially.

"I anticipate that more states will be reporting more numbers of breakthrough cases as they have more people who are fully vaccinated", Sidelinger said.

The two sites, located in Los Angeles and Oakland, are part of the Biden administration's efforts to organize 100 vaccination sites across the country in the president's first 100 days, according to CNN.

Larger cities in California have continued to struggle with unpredictable vaccine supply, as major vaccination sites throughout the state have been forced to prioritize only second doses or shut down completely due to inconsistent supply from the state, CNN reported.

To get the most vaccine from each vial, Japanese officials are scrambling to get specialized syringes that can hold six doses per vial instead of five by standard Japanese-made syringes.

After the front-line medical workers will come inoculations of 3.7 million more health workers starting in March, followed by about 36 million people aged 65 and older beginning in April. People with underlying health issues, as well as caregivers at nursing homes and other facilities, will be next, before the general population receives its turn.

The PM said those receiving the Covid-19 vaccine will be screened first to determine their suitability - including the checks on their medical history and allergies before receiving the jab.

Tennessee will begin registering Tennesseans aged 65 and older and those in Phase 1b of the state's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 vaccinations on February 22.

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