Japan has officially approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Japan has officially approved the vaccine of Pfizer-BioNTech – the COVID-19 vaccine approved in the country for the first time in an effort to strengthen control, Reuters citing sources from Japan’s Ministry of Health on February 14. a third wave of infections ahead of the 2021 Summer Olympics.
The move has been expected by many after a government panel on February 12 recommended the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Also at that time, Health Minister Norihisa Tamura affirmed that Japan would conduct approval as soon as possible.
According to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the COVID-19 vaccine vaccination will start from the middle of next week, starting with about 10,000 health workers. The government hopes to ensure adequate supplies of vaccines for the entire population of the country with about 126 million people by mid-2021.
Much of Japan is still in a state of emergency after the third deadly COVID-19 pandemic wave in the country, which began to emerge in late 2020. Over the past few weeks, cases and Nationwide, COVID-19 deaths tended to decrease, while Tokyo’s capital city recorded less than 400 cases on February 14.
Japan has so far recorded a total of about 410,000 COVID-19 cases and 6,772 deaths. The Tokyo Olympic Games will kick off on July 23.