Japan says vaccination schedule for broader population undecided


FILE PHOTO: Staff wearing protective face shields amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak work at a reception desk at an exhibition centre in Tokyo, Japan, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday that the timeline for vaccinating the broader population against the coronavirus would be decided and disclosed to the public after the approval of a vaccine.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato made the comment at a news conference in response to a question about media reports that the government was considering doing so as early as in May.

The government has so far said it would prioritise medical workers, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions in its vaccine programme expected to start by the end of February, but has not provided a timeline beyond that.

(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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