Sunday’s Yomiuri wrote that it has learned from a source connected with the European Union that the EU has approved exports of novel coronavirus vaccines to Japan for the first time. The approval is believed to have been given for vaccines manufactured in Belgium by Pfizer Inc. The paper wrote that the approval has given the GOJ a clearer picture of the feasibility of its plan to start vaccinating people in mid-February. During a teleconference with European Commission officials on Feb. 1, Foreign Minister Motegi sought the EU’s cooperation in supplying vaccines. Sankei ran a similar report.