First COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Japan from Pfizer

SourceGulf Today
CountryMiddle east

Tokyo 2020 President Mori to resign over sexist comments Media sent news alerts on the arrival of the first batch of vaccines at Narita international airport, near Tokyo, amid concerns about supply due to questions over the European Union’s willingness to allow COVID-19 vaccines to leave its territory. The number of doses that arrived was not reported. The European Commission said on Thursday it has so far approved all requests for the export of COVID-19 vaccines, including to Japan, since it set up a mechanism to monitor vaccine flows on Jan. 30. Pfizer applied for Japanese approval in December for its COVID-19 vaccine, which is already being administered in the United States, Singapore and other parts of the world. The Japanese government has arranged to buy 144 million doses, or enough to inoculate 72 million people, of the vaccine made by the US drugmaker and German partner BioNTech . It also has deals for vaccines being developed by AstraZeneca Plc, Moderna Inc, and Novavax Inc. Japan has so far recorded about 410,000 coronavirus cases and 6,772 deaths, and is racing to get infections under control especially ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games starting in July. Most of Japan is still under a state of emergency after more...