In the press review of this Friday, February 12, we will discuss: the first doses of vaccine are arriving in Japan, presenter Yurie Omi will leave NHK in March, and 307 new cases of coronavirus in the capital.
The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Japan
Japan received its first doses of a vaccine against the coronavirus this morning. Developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, it plans to make this vaccine the first approved for home use against COVID-19 on Sunday. The government plans to start vaccinations on Wednesday for about 20,000 doctors and nurses who have consented to receive the vaccine. Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said that, assuming the panel found no problems with the vaccine, it “Will approve it immediately so that vaccinations can begin immediately.”
Yurie Omi to leave broadcaster in March
Yurie Omi, an NHK presenter who hosts the public broadcaster “Asaichi” morning show, announced at the end of the show this morning that she would be leaving NHK in March. “I have new things I want to learn” Omi said. According to her, trying something other than being an advertiser is a good thing. “Some people say, ‘You’re going to be a housewife, aren’t you?’ or “Are you going to be an independent advertiser?” “But that’s not the case at all, so don’t speculate about it.”
Tokyo records 307 new coronavirus infections
Tokyo recorded, again, a bad result for coronavirus infections this Friday, February 12. In fact, 307 cases were recorded on that day alone, the government said. Tokyo is trying to bring a third wave of infections under control, with 2,447 cases on January 7. New records keep appearing, according to the government. The latter has reported more than 105,765 cases in total since the start of 2021, and the number of deaths is steadily rising. In addition, nearly 2,558 patients are hospitalized in Tokyo, and 103 people are in critical condition.