Regarding the new coronavirus vaccine that has been approved for emergency use in the United States, the US military has announced that it will start vaccination at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa next week.

The US Department of Defense is proceeding with the transportation of the vaccine to US military bases in Japan and overseas following the permission for emergency use of the new coronavirus vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company Moderna.

Under these circumstances, the U.S. Forces Japan told NHK that 7,000 to 8,000 vaccines will be delivered this weekend and that vaccinations will start next week.

According to the U.S. military, vaccinations will be given in Okinawa at the medical facilities at Kadena Air Base and the Navy Hospital at Camp Zukeran, and vaccination will be given priority to medical staff at the base. ..

The U.S. military says that the vaccines that will be shipped this time are limited, and that plans for large-scale vaccine distribution have not yet been finalized.

A total of 663 people, including soldiers, have been confirmed to be infected at US military bases in Okinawa.