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80% of prefectures in Japan unsure they can secure doctors for vaccinations: poll

via The Japan Times    Jan 24, 2021

A man wearing a face shield pulls a suitcase along a street in Tokyo on Friday. | AFP-JIJI

Prefectural capitals urge Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government to be more forthcoming with information about vaccination plans.

Mass rallies sweep Russia in protests over Alexei Navalny’s arrest

By Anton Troianovski,Andrew Higgins
- via The Japan Times    Jan 24, 2021

A rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow on Saturday  | REUTERS

The remarkable defiance displayed by many of the protesters signaled widespread fatigue with the stagnant, corruption-plagued political order under Vladimir Putin.

Biden team to unveil more climate policies as it calls on China to toughen targets

via The Japan Times    Jan 24, 2021

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a campaign event in support of Joe Biden in North Libery, Iowa, in February. Kerry is now a special climate envoy in the Biden administration.  | REUTERS

John Kerry, Biden's special climate envoy, said a recent pledge by China, the world's top greenhouse gas emitter, was "not good enough."

In crises, vaccines can be stretched, but not easily

By Donald G. Mcneil Jr.
- via The Japan Times    Jan 24, 2021

A health worker prepares a dose of yellow fever vaccine in an alley of the Pirituba neighborhood of Sao Paulo in 2018. Shortages of shots for yellow fever, polio and other diseases have led to innovative solutions even in very poor countries.  | DADO GALDIERI / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Splitting doses, delaying second shots, injecting into the skin instead of the muscle and employing roving vaccination teams have all saved lives — when the ...

If poor countries go unvaccinated, a study says, rich ones will pay

By Peter S. Goodman
- via The Japan Times    Jan 24, 2021

A pharmacist prepares to administer Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine in Santa Rosa, California, on Jan. 13. | JIM WILSON / THE NEW YORK TIMES

In monopolizing the supply of vaccines against COVID-19, wealthy nations are threatening more than a humanitarian catastrophe.

Chile regrets panic triggered by mistaken tsunami warning after quake

via The Japan Times    Jan 24, 2021

People are seen on a beach in Vina del Mar, Chile, on Saturday amid a warning over tsunami threat that was later called an error. 

 | REUTERS

Authorities in Chile said on Saturday they regretted spreading panic with a mistaken tsunami warning calling for people to get out of coastal areas following ...

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