Japan signs jab deal with Pfizer, secures 144M doses

Wednesday, 20. January 2021 11:22

Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Norihisa Tamura unveiled on Wednesday that the country has signed a deal with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Pfizer Inc., under which Japan will procure 144 million doses of the jab developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

According to the terms of the contract, Pfizer will deliver the doses, sufficient to inoculate 72 million people, in 2021, the minister said and added that the vaccine is going to have to be approved by Japanese health authorities for the agreement to be valid.

Due to a rise in the number of daily COVID infections, the Japanese government has introduced a state of emergency in Tokyo, and decided to widen it to seven additional prefectures a week ago.

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