Yomiuri and Sankei reported that the GOJ is considering using the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna when it launches two large-scale vaccination centers in central Tokyo and Osaka in May pending the Health Ministry’s emergency use authorization of the vaccine. The GOJ is aiming to inject about 10,000 people daily with the Moderna vaccine at each facility. As the storage requirements for the Moderna vaccine are different from those for the Pfizer vaccine, which has already been distributed widely across the nation, the GOJ is hoping to ensure that the vaccination process goes smoothly by only using the Moderna product at the two sites.
Meanwhile, Nikkei wrote that the ruling LDP has put together a package of recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination in which it called for the Suga administration to set up an around-the-clock system that will enable people to receive vaccines at any time by tapping retired healthcare workers. The daily said only some 1.8 million Japanese, or about 1.5 % of the population, have received two doses of vaccine thus far.