That will leave officials struggling to quell widespread wariness - and even outright opposition - among citizens to hosting the Games.
Workers at Tokyo Medical Center were among the first of some 40,000 medical professionals targeted to receive the initial shipments of the vaccine. About 80% of those polled in recent media surveys support cancellation or further postponement of the Olympics.
Muhyiddin said the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme will begin in phases from Feb 26, where he will receive the vaccine on the first day, together with the frontliners.
Japan's approval process has been slower than in some other countries because it has required additional domestic trials. Great Britain started inoculations on December 8 and has given at least one shot to more than 15 million people, while the United States began its campaign on December 14 and about 40 million people have received shots. Vaccines were rolled out in Germany, France, Italy and many European countries in late December. Japanese officials said this was necessary to address worries in a country with low vaccine confidence. "Through our partnership with UNICEF, we will be taking yet another step to prioritise and facilitate the rapid and secure movement of COVID-19 vaccines particularly to communities hard hit by the disease", said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo. Today much of that effort is focused on letting community members know, that COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available and they are safe.
Health Minister Venko Filipce said the vaccination of medical staff with their first shots is expected to be completed within 10 days. Suga on Wednesday acknowledged the importance to strengthen vaccine development and production capability as "important crisis management" and pledged to provide more support.
"They are also communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are home to essential workers who have borne the brunt of keeping the economy open over the past year", the statement said.
Beaumont Health has canceled some scheduled second doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, citing an unexpected shortage of doses from the state. Japan is now under a partial state of emergency in part because Suga's virus measures were too lax and slow.
Eggebrecht says at the Fox Cities COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic they are also focusing on getting non-white folks vaccinated, who are over the age of 65.