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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

With 88 days until the Tokyo Olympics, a "fourth wave" of the pandemic has hit Japan.

Driving the news: Bars, department stores and theaters across Japan will remain closed for 17 days, after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three other prefectures.

  • A senior member of Japan's ruling party recently questioned Tokyo's ability to host the Games and said cancellation is still an option.
  • The Olympic torch relay has been detoured several times since it began on March 25 and will be banned altogether this weekend.

The state of play: The surge in infections and Olympics concerns have put a spotlight on Japan's lagging vaccine rollout.

  • As of last week, Japan had administered just over 2 million vaccine shots, which is roughly 1% of its population, per Forbes.
  • The U.S., by comparison, has administered nearly 230 million shots, enough for 42% of Americans to get one dose.

What's next: Tokyo organizers and the IOC will unveil a new "playbook" this week, explaining how the Olympics and Paralympics will safely welcome 15,400 athletes, AP reports.

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Apr 25, 2021 - Health

Japan launches targeted state of emergency in attempt to stop COVID surge

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is shown on outdoor screens in Tokyo during a Friday press conference as he declares a state of emergency over COVID-19 in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Japan's capital. Photo: Christopher Jue/Xinhua via Getty Images

Bars, department stores and theaters across Japan closed for 17 days Sunday, after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three other prefectures in an attempt to curb surging COVID-19 cases.

Why it matters: In less than three months, Tokyo is due to host the summer Olympics — which have already been delayed by a year due to the pandemic. This is the third state of emergency declared in Japan since the pandemic began.

Biden's 100-day numbers: Vaccinated Americans

Data: CDC via Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Joe Biden promised as president-elect to get 100 million coronavirus vaccine shots in American arms during his first 100 days in office; since taking office, he's more than doubled that goal — and more than a quarter of Americans are now fully vaccinated.

By the numbers: Not quite 1% were vaccinated when Biden took office, although the Trump administration managed to reach an important milestone of 1 million doses administered in a day.

CDC says fully vaccinated people don't have to wear masks indoors

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Erin Clark-Pool/Getty Images

The CDC announced in new guidance Thursday that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, regardless of crowd size.

What they're saying: "If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will say at a White House press briefing.