Japan’s government says more than 50% of the population has been fully vaccinated
TOKYO – The Japanese government says more than 50% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is in charge of COVID-19 measures, told NHK public television’s weekly talk show Sunday that about 60% of the population is expected to be fully vaccinated by the end of September, at par with current levels in Europe.
The government is studying a roadmap for easing restrictions around November, when a large population is expected to be fully vaccinated. This will allow fully vaccinated people and those who test negative to travel, to gather for parties or attend mass events.
Japan last Friday extended an ongoing state of emergency in Tokyo and 18 other regions until September 30. It was supposed to end on Sunday. The measures focus on requests to close eateries early and serve alcohol.
Japan has done much better than other developed countries in curbing diseases and deaths without a lockdown. It has counted more than 1.65 million cases and 16,700 deaths.