Healthcare & PharmaceuticalsJapan's vaccination chief says Tokyo Olympics not in his planning

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The minister overseeing Japan's vaccination programme said on Wednesday that the Summer Olympics in Tokyo were not part of his planning.

Japan launched its inoculation drive last week and has already taken delivery of more than 800,000 doses. Minister Taro Kono said Japan will receive up to 2.3 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) in March.

The Summer Olympics, due to start in Tokyo in July, were "not on my schedule at all," he said.

Kono also said he is not considering giving single doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the elderly to help stretch out scarce supplies.

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