TOKYO (Reuters) – Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has agreed to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s request to produce further doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccine minister of Japan stated on Sunday.
“They’ve agreed on the necessities of the matter,” vaccine tzar Taro Kono stated throughout a dwell interview on Fuji TV, including that additional particulars together with the cargo schedule shall be mentioned.
Kono didn’t specify the variety of additional doses sought from Pfizer, however stated Japan would safe sufficient provide by the tip of September to inoculate all individuals over 16. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the one one authorised in Japan.
Suga made the request throughout a phone name with Bourla on Saturday, the final day of a three-day go to to Washington.
Japan is seeing a surge of recent coronavirus instances in current weeks, which prime well being consultants say is a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solely 0.9% of the Japanese public had obtained their first vaccine shot as of Friday, in contrast with 2.5% in South Korea, and 48% in the UK.
(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Enhancing by Lincoln Feast.)
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