This will be enough to vaccinate 25 million people, Kyodo news agency reports.
The Japanese government plans to purchase an additional 50 million doses of the new coronavirus vaccine from the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer. This was reported on Wednesday by the Kyodo news agency.
This is enough to vaccinate 25 million people, the agency noted.
On Tuesday, the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, Norihisa Tamura, responding to a request from an opposition MP, admitted that the Japanese government has not yet managed to sign a document with the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer on additional supplies of a vaccine against the new coronavirus, despite the fact that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has already announced that such an agreement has been reached. Last week, the head of the Japanese government, following a visit to the United States, announced that he had reached an agreement that by September, Japan would receive from Pfizer a batch of vaccines sufficient to vaccinate the entire population country over the age of 16.
Last year, Tokyo signed agreements with the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, the American Moderna, and the American-German consortium of Pfizer and BioNTech firms for the supply of coronavirus drugs. Japan expects to receive 310 million doses. Permission for use in this country is granted only to the manufacturers of the Pfizer vaccine. Currently, it is delivered by aircraft from Belgium, where one of the consortium’s factories is located. Each shipment must be approved separately by the EU authorities, which strictly control the distribution of the vaccine and its delivery abroad.