Vaccinating Asia: Japan's chequered past with vaccines raises fresh fears

A Tokyo hospital staff member checks the condition of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine with delivery staff at a hospital in Tokyo, on Feb 16, 2021.
A Tokyo hospital staff member checks the condition of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine with delivery staff at a hospital in Tokyo, on Feb 16, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - Just over six in 10 Japanese have told media polls that they want to be vaccinated against Covid-19, which doctors fear will not be enough to give the country herd immunity.

One reason for this dismal figure, Japanese Society of Vaccinology director Toshihiro Tanaka told The Straits Times, is hesitancy due to primal fears over a new product, exacerbated by Japan's chequered past with vaccines.

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