© Reuters. A medical worker filled the syringe with a dose of the coronavirus Pfizer-BioNTech (COVID-19) coronavirus vaccine (COVID-19) as Japan launched its vaccination campaign, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo.
By Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asks US drug manufacturers Pfizer Inc (NYSE 🙂 on Saturday to provide more supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to Japan this year, Nikkei reported.
Pfizer confirmed in an email that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla met with Suga mostly to discuss the vaccine delivery on the last day of Suga’s three-day visit to Washington. The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is the only vaccine approved in Japan.
The newspaper had previously reported that Suga had asked Pfizer to provide additional doses of the vaccine.
Immunization for Japan’s sizable elderly population started on Monday, but some experts warn that the general population may not be vaccinated until late summer or even winter because of the source. limited supply.
Japan was one of the last major economies to start injecting COVID-19 when it started in mid-February, following domestic trials to ensure safety.
Only 0.9% of the Japanese public got their first shot on Friday, compared with 2.5% in South Korea and 48% in the UK.
Top Japanese medical experts have admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic has entered its fourth wave.
According to medical experts comments published in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday, Japan has shown “poor performance” in stopping virus transmission, coupled with limited testing capacity. and slow implementation of immunization.
The head of the Tokyo Olympics Tokyo said on Friday that Japan is committed to hosting a Safe Olympics this summer, as the rise in COVID-19 cases has spurred the expansion of control measures. infection control and with new calls for the Olympics again delayed or canceled.
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