Japan pushes COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of Tokyo Olympics

With the Tokyo Olympics a little over a month away, its host city is still under a state of emergency. Japan is looking to ramp up its COVID-19 vaccination effort ahead of the upcoming Summer Games. CBS News foreign correspondent Lucy Craft reports from Tokyo for CBSN.

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VLADIMIR DUTHIERS: Tokyo the Olympics there are really happening with the summer games set to get underway in little over a month. But the host city is still under a state of emergency. Organizers are taking steps to make sure the event doesn't become a calamity. For athletes that means slews of rules, including being tested for COVID-19. This all comes as the Japanese government makes last-ditch efforts to get vaccinations up. Lucy Craft reports.

LUCY CRAFT: Japan has been a laggard when it comes to vaccinations. Only about 4% of the population is fully inoculated. But in recent days the pace of vaccinations has dramatically accelerated in part because of mass vaccination centers.

The government is also allowing large corporations and universities to set up their own vaccine clinics. Potentially, reaching nearly $5 million residents. Authorities say they're on track to vaccinate most senior citizens by late July when the Tokyo Olympics start. Prime Minister Suga and the International Olympic Committee continue to maintain that the games can be held without compromising public health. Foreign spectators won't be allowed at the Olympics, but with vaccinations speeding up, Japan is said to be leaning towards allowing domestic spectators to attend the games. Perhaps filling venues to half capacity.

That doesn't sit well with the government's own health experts. They warn that allowing crowds to move around the city during the Olympics risks reigniting another COVID surge. In fact, the government is urging residents to work from home during the games.

Next week the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee is set to release the final edition of the so-called playbook. The detailed operating manual for how it will safely run the Olympics amid the pandemic. Anne-Marie and Vlad.

- Lucy, thank you.