Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital’s president Terumi Kamisawa receives a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tokyo, Japan March 5, 2021. Yoshikazu Tsuno/Pool via REUTERS

Japanese business leaders and a Nobel-prizewinning biologist called upon the government to reform its vaccination programme, including allowing drive-through inoculations, as the nation struggles to contain a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan has secured the largest quantity of COVID-19 vaccines in Asia, as it gears up for the summer Olympics. But it has inoculated only 1.6% of its population so far, the slowest among wealthy countries.

Government data on Wednesday showed that Japan has only used about a fifth of the coronavirus vaccine doses it has imported so far, underscoring logistical hurdles such as a shortage of medical staff. read more

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