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  • That was tongue-in-cheek. But you never know......

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    • Meanwhile..in the Financial Times...

      Japan’s CEOs face a vaccination dilemma

      This time a year ago, Yuji Kuroiwa, the governor of Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture, attempted some light wordplay in the face of a terrifying new disease, economic spasm and life-changing strictures.

      The normally joyous early-May “golden week” of national holidays, he suggested, should be rebranded “gaman week” for 2020 — a reference to Japan’s cherished quality of stolid, uncomplaining perseverance. A year later, with golden week 2021 about to start, infections rising, the country in a renewed state of emergency and fewer than 3 per cent of Japan’s population receiving the first vaccine dose, Kuroiwa rolled the same gag out for a second time.

      After 12 months of relying on the public to keep Covid-19 at bay with self-restraint, the repeated demand for more unflinching endurance — of gaman without visible endgame — feels a much heavier imposition. It would perhaps feel less so, say Japanese friends, if the authorities were not simultaneously touting their determination to allow many thousands of athletes and their teams to enter the country for the Olympics, while offering no firm target for vaccinating the general population.

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      • New mascots revealed...

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        • The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is seeking about 200 certified sports doctors to work as volunteer medical staff for the events, it has been learned.

          Last month, the organizing committee asked the Japan Nursing Association to secure 500 nurses for the games.

          Concerns are mounting over whether it will be possible to secure enough medical staff for the events, as the medical system is under severe strain in many parts of the nation due to the resurgence of COVID-19.

          https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...s-coronavirus/

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          • Record number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients as variants rage across Japan



            https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...us-japan-may3/

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            • Japan nurses voice anger at call to volunteer for Tokyo Olympics amid Covid crisis

              Medical staff say their focus should remain on treating coronavirus patients rather than helping hold Games


              https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...d-covid-crisis

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              • The secretary general of the Japan Federation of Medical Workers’ Unions, Susumu Morita, said the pandemic should take priority. “We must stop the proposal to send nurses who are engaged in the fight against a serious coronavirus pandemic to volunteer at the Olympics,” Morita said in a statement.

                “I am furious at the insistence on staging the Olympics despite the risk to patients’ and nurses’ health and lives.”

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                • Tokyo Olympics should not be held in 2021 under COVID's long shadow

                  https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/a...r-16148126.php

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                  • How Can the Olympics Protect 78,000 Volunteers From the Coronavirus?

                    They are being offered little more than a couple of masks, some hand sanitizer and social-distancing guidance that may be hard to abide by.


                    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/02/w...ronavirus.html

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                    • As virus variants spread in Tokyo, fears grow of Osaka-type surge

                      The rapid spread of new and more contagious coronavirus variants across Japan, including in the Tokyo metropolitan area, is renewing fears that a further rise could push the medical system in the capital to the brink of collapse.

                      https://www.japantimes.co.jp/

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                      • using the conservative numbers under which I was jabbed (4 weeks between shot, 3 weeks after second shot for full efficacy to be in place), the 7-weeks out from Tokyo Opening Ceremony is June 04.... time is slipping away

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                        • Originally posted by gh View Post
                          using the conservative numbers under which I was jabbed (4 weeks between shot, 3 weeks after second shot for full efficacy to be in place), the 7-weeks out from Tokyo Opening Ceremony is June 04.... time is slipping away
                          Not that is matters substantially to your main point, but isn't the advertised efficacy date after second shot supposed to be 2 weeks?

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                          • Originally posted by donley2 View Post

                            Not that is matters substantially to your main point, but isn't the advertised efficacy date after second shot supposed to be 2 weeks?
                            all I know is that the nurse who jabbed me (and I did qualifying my statement "conservative numbers under which I was jabbed") said to plan on 3 weeks.

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                            • Meanwhile...

                              Japan has been struggling with a resurgence of the virus, with just under three months to go until this summer's Tokyo Olympics.

                              The country's medical system is also struggling to cope with the increase in cases. On Monday, Japan had 1,084 COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms, hitting an all-time high for the second straight day.

                              Suga declared a fresh state of emergency in Tokyo and the three western prefectures, effective from April 25 through May 11.

                              https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...-variants.html

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                              • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...doses-revealed
                                So am I reading this correctly? The government admits they have received 28 million doses of approved Pfizer vaccine and have given 3.5 million shots. Wow.

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