Covid-19: Japan approves Pfizer vaccine


Japan today formally approved the use of the vaccine developed by Pfizer against covid-19 for the inoculation campaign to start on Wednesday, with the aim of immunizing a large part of the population by July.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Welfare today released the formal process, after a government commission ruled last Friday in favor of approving the vaccine.

Rapid approval of the vaccine is an important step in infection control in the country that plans to host the Olympic Games in less than six months.

The first group to receive the vaccine includes 20,000 doctors and nurses who volunteered to assess the possible effects of the two necessary inoculations.

In March, around 3.7 million people linked to the health sector and around 36 million over 65 will follow.

The Asian country planned to vaccinate the majority of its population by the beginning of July.

Japan faced the third wave of the covid-19 this winter and keeps alert levels active, although it has seen far fewer infections compared to other major economies.

In the past few days, the country has recorded between 1,300 to 1,400 new daily cases and, in total, has accounted for about 414,000 infections and almost 7,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

A pandemic covid-19 caused at least 2,384,059 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 108.1 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.


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