Japan seeks mid-February Pfizer vaccine approval, minister says - (The Japan Times via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Japanese health minister Norihisa Tamura said he hopes that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine will be approved by mid-February under an accelerated process, as reported in The Japan Times.

  • Tamura indicated that data from overseas has already been examined, while information from Pfizer's trials in Japan is set to arrive before the end of this month.

  • Japan's government has signed a contract for 120 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine, which it is developing with BioNTech.

  • Meanwhile, Tamura said that clinical studies of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine will begin in Japan in late February, with second doses to be completed in early March.

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