Millions of vaccines discarded in Japan

Millions of vaccines discarded in Japan

Japan will be forced to discard millions of vaccines against Pfizer / BioNTech’s Covid-19 due to a shortage of specialized syringes, according to the Kyodo agency. This error will cause a delay in the Japanese vaccination plan.

The syringes being used by healthcare professionals in Japan are unable to extract the sixth and final dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine from each vial, which means that millions of doses will be wasted, explained Japanese Health Minister Tamura Norihisa. “We will use all the syringes that we have capable of drawing six doses of, but it will obviously not be enough”.

Japan bought 144 million doses of the vaccine developed by the American pharmaceutical company in conjunction with the German startup, an amount that should be enough to vaccinate 72 million people, since this vaccine requires the administration of two doses. Vaccination plans are now being reviewed by the Japanese government, which has already called on manufacturers to speed up production of the syringe capable of extracting the entire solution.


Source: Jornal i by ionline.sapo.pt.

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