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Japan’s PM vows to speed up booster shots

TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida yesterday pledged to double the number of COVID-19 booster shots being delivered on a daily basis across the country, as his government faces criticism for a delayed rollout of vaccines.

Speaking before lawmakers, Kishida said authorities would aim to deliver around one million boosters a day by the end of February.

The premier said the added doses are “key” to fighting the ongoing Omicron surge of infections. Recent media polls show that Kishida’s ratings fell for the first time since he took office in October, with disapproval for his virus measures rising and many respondents complaining about slow booster vaccinations.

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin

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