According to the Sankei Newspaper on Thursday, a mass vaccination center in Tokyo will begin scheduling COVID-19 doses for those under 65 years old on Saturday, as Japan ramps up attempts to inoculate people before the 2020 Olympics open next month.
In February, Japan began immunizing frontline health workers and the elderly, but the poor pace in comparison to other major industrialized nations has prompted calls for the Tokyo Games to be postponed or cancelled.
Many Japanese citizens are concerned that the country will be unprepared to host tens of thousands of foreign athletes and Olympic officials as the country’s healthcare system battles a fourth wave of diseases.
Toshihito Kumagai remarked at a news conference broadcast by local media, “We have decided to cancel plans for the live site.”
Chiba prefecture, which borders Tokyo, will host four Olympic and four Paralympic activities, including surfing, fencing, wrestling, and taekwondo. On Wednesday, 106 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the prefecture, compared to 440 in Tokyo.