Precipitous falls are showing up in fertility data across the developed (and highly vaccinated) world. Japan recorded only 811,604 births in 2021, the lowest number of births since data began to be collected in 1899, and a 3.5 per cent decrease from the previous year.
The fertility picture also looks bleak in Taiwan where the number of babies born in May 2022 decreased by more than 23 per cent compared with the same month in the previous year.
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