Japan considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines

Sunday, 29. August 2021 14:20

Japan's vaccine program chief Taro Kono revealed on Sunday the government is checking if there is a possibility of mixing COVID-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and other manufacturers in order to speed up the vaccination campaign.

"I have asked the Health Ministry to come up with an opinion about the use of AstraZeneca vaccines for the first dose and Pfizer's with the second, or the AstraZeneca's as the first shot and Moderna as second," Kono told Fuji Television.

The considerations come as Japan battles its worst coronavirus wave yet, daily registering more than 22,000 new COVID-19 cases on average over the past week. Japan has fully vaccinated so far around 44% of its population.

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