Why the delay? The nations waiting to see how Covid vaccinations unfold

Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan are among those that won’t start vaccinating for months, in part to see how other populations react to the jab

They are the nations that have been held up as shining examples of coronavirus management. In Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, daily Covid infections are in the single digits and outbreaks are quickly tamped down.

But there is one area where these nations lag well behind the pack: the rollout of vaccines. Countries with some of the most enviable health care systems in the world – including Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea – will not begin their vaccine roll-outs until the end of February or later.

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