18 Feb

Japan begins to inject Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Japan started giving COVID-19 vaccine to health workers on Wednesday (February 17), two months later than the UK and the US.

The Ministry of Health of Japan approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on February 14 for use in people aged 16 and over, with 2 doses given 3 weeks apart.

Japan’s vaccination campaign begins with doctors, nurses and other staff at 100 selected hospitals, Nikkei on February 16 quoted a senior government official disclosed a day earlier. The first batch of vaccine COVID-19 in Japan is scheduled to give “almost 20,000 people”.

The vaccination sets a test of Japan’s ability to administer the national health program, which requires digital storage of data on both vaccines and vaccinated people, according to the Japanese newspaper.

The United Kingdom, the United States has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and started using it in December. In Asia, Japan lags behind China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and others in getting started. vaccinations.

Japan aims to start vaccinating people 65 and older by April. However, delayed inception of vaccination for healthcare workers could affect this schedule.

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