As of 11 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19
- Wrestlers from the three stables that missed the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to coronavirus infections had their medical checkups Friday as they stepped up preparations for the upcoming March grand tournament.
- The number of passports issued by the Japanese government in 2020 plunged 70.3 percent from the previous year to 1.34 million, the lowest in 48 years, reflecting a drop in the number of people traveling abroad amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
- Japan will receive its second shipment of Pfizer Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, the minister in charge of vaccination efforts said Friday, as the rollout gradually expands to hospitals across the country.
- Ahead of a virtual gathering, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that the Group of Seven industrialized nations should help speed up the development of future vaccines, treatments and tests for emerging diseases.
As of 11 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18
- Japan expanded its COVID-19 vaccine rollout beyond the Tokyo metropolitan area on Thursday, with health workers set to be inoculated at 100 hospitals across the country by next week.
- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday inspected the country's vaccination program against the novel coronavirus at a Tokyo hospital, the first institution to begin inoculations the previous day.
- The United States will provide over $200 million in funding to the World Health Organization by the end of February as a step toward fulfilling its financial obligations as a member country, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a U.N. Security Council meeting Wednesday.