Japan begins vaccination procedures ahead of Tokyo Olympics

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Japan has opened up a number of vaccination centres ahead of the hosting of Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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Formerly scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the event was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The games will begin with the opening ceremony on 23 July 2021 and end with the closing ceremony on 8 August 2021.

Due to COVID-19-related concerns, no international guests would be allowed to attend the 2020 Olympics or Paralympics. This includes both spectators, as well as the friends and family of athletes. All overseas ticketholders will be refunded. Uncertainties surrounding international travel restrictions were the main reason behind the barring, alongside goals to preserve the safety of all participants and spectators, and an emphasis to not place a burden on the health care system of the nation.

However, Japan’s lack of vaccination measures has raised concern. The population of the East Asian nation, one of the most developed in the world, has shown little interest in the process, due to a combination of multiple reasons, including that of anti-vaccination propaganda. Thus, only two percent of the population has received some form of vaccination till now, a shockingly less percentage when compared to other developed nations.

Nonetheless, the Government is currently trying to compel its citizens to get vaccinated, especially during a time when the world’s star is directly upon them. Thousands of vaccine shots shall be provided daily through two centres at the national capital, Tokyo, and the culturally important city of Osaka. The centers will be run by the military of the nation.


The majority of the population wants the Tokyo Olympics cancelled to maintain the safety of the nation in the middle of testing times. An Olympic will see thousands of athletes from over 200 nations appear in the East Asian island nation.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 (official name unchanged due to multiple reasons), if held, shall be the first ever Olympics to be held after a postponement. If it is not held, it becomes one of the few of the games to not be held at all, and the second Tokyo Olympics to suffer the fate, after the Tokyo Olympics 1940, which was suspended due to the onset of World War II.

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