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GOJ to shorten interval for booster shots

  • December 18, 2021
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All national dailies reported that Prime Minister Kishida announced plans to shorten the interval between the second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccine for about 31 million medical professionals and elderly residents of nursing homes who are at high risk of serious illness to six months from the current eight. In addition, the papers wrote that the GOJ plans to shorten the interval for other seniors to seven months starting in February. Kishida also reportedly said the GOJ will begin offering oral COVID-19 medications by the end of the year pending approval by the MHLW. The GOJ has reportedly secured 1.6 million doses of the oral drug Molnupiravir developed by Merck. Kishida also said he and the CEO of Pfizer agreed in principle during a teleconference on Friday that Pfizer will provide Japan with 2 million doses of the company’s oral drug.  

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