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New type of syringe developed to increase vaccine doses

  • March 10, 2021
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Nikkei reported that medical equipment supplier Terumo Corp. has developed a new type of syringe that enables seven doses to be extracted from each vial of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Since Pfizer had estimated that only six doses would be drawn from each vial, the Terumo product will make it possible to increase the number of people who can be inoculated. The Health Ministry has approved the use of the syringe for immunization but reportedly has no plans to update the existing vaccination program, instead allowing doctors in the field to decide whether to draw six or seven doses from each vial.


In a related development, all national papers reported on Health Minister Tamura’s remark to the press yesterday that the ministry will allow doctors and nurses to administer the Pfizer vaccine using insulin syringes, which can extract seven shots per vial, as opposed to the syringes that are predominantly used at Japanese hospitals, which can only draw five.

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