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Minister Kono says prefectures under state of emergency to receive AstraZeneca vaccine

  • August 4, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that Kono Taro, the minister in charge of Japan’s vaccine rollout, announced during a press briefing on Tuesday that the government will prioritize the allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC to the six prefectures currently under a state of emergency. Japan has secured enough of the AstraZeneca vaccine for 2 million doses and plans to start distributing it as early as mid-August. The AstraZeneca vaccine has not been used in Japan so far due to reports of rare cases of blood clots developing after it was administered overseas. However, the Health Ministry decided in late July to add the AstraZeneca product to the list of vaccines used to inoculate people aged 40 or over at public expense. 

 

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