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Japan will need only three months to vaccinate all elderly residents

26.01.2021 131 просмотров

In Japan plans to vaccinate seniors in three months.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan plans to vaccinate against the new coronavirus for all elderly people over 65 years of age over a three-month period. According to the Kyodo agency on Monday, the agency expects to use for this purpose the vaccine of the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer (“Pfizer”), which is still being tested in Japan for safety and efficacy.

It is expected that the process of vaccination of the elderly population will begin in the country at the end of March and will cover about 36 million people. In this case, the introduction of the vaccine will be carried out in two stages with a three-week interval.

On December 18, 2020, Pfizer submitted an application to the Japanese Ministry of Health for certification of its vaccine. If approved by the government, Pfizer's development will be the first of its kind to be approved in Japan. In early December, the Japanese authorities passed a law on free vaccinations for all residents of the country.

Vaccination in Japan will take place in several stages, the first of which should begin before the end of February. First of all, it will affect approximately 4 million medical and social workers who most often communicate with the sick. Secondly, persons over 65 years of age will be vaccinated. The campaign will then expand to       's 8.2 million chronically ill residents of Japan, and   the rest of the country will be able to receive vaccines by May.

In addition to Pfizer, last year Japan also signed agreements with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AstraZeneca) and  the American biotech firm Moderna (Moderna ”) for supply of drugs for COVID-19.

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