Japan approved AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, but the latter will not be used immediately due to persistent concern about very rare blood clots.
The decision comes just over two months before the post-pandemic Olympics, with growing concern in Japan over the country’s comparability. vaccine roll out.
Nine regions, including Tokyo, are already under a state of emergency due to the virus, and the measure is now being expanded to Okinawa, in the south.
So far, only Pfizer-BioNTech was available in Japan, having been approved in February, and so far only two percent of the country’s 125 million residents are fully vaccinated.
In a statement, the ministries of health he said the two additional formulas had been approved.
But a spokesman said the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine would continue to be discussed “while monitoring the situation in other countries.”
So far, only medical workers and the elderly are eligible for vaccines, there is still no deadline to extend the release.
Two military-operated mass vaccination centers will open next week in Tokyo and Osaka to administer the Modern two-shot vaccine, initially to those over 65 years of age.
There is still no timeline for the use of the AstraZeneca jab, which some countries have restricted or abandoned from their vaccination campaigns due to rare issues of blood clots, although experts say the benefits outweigh the risks.
Moderns Executive Chairman he told the Nikkei newspaper on Friday that he was considering making the vaccine in Asia, possibly in Japan.
The head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said this week that at least three-quarters of athletes and team members staying in the Olympic Village of Tokyo will be vaccinated before the Games, which will open on July 23rd.
Organizers insist the event can be held safely this summer, though public opinion it remains largely the opposite as infections in Japan increase.
Nine regions, including Tokyo, are currently under a state of emergency due to a virus that lasts until May 31. But recent reports have suggested that the measure could be extended a second time.
And on Friday, the southern island region of Okinawa will be added to the areas under emergency measures for a period from Sunday to June 20th.
Japan has seen a relatively small one coronavirus outbreak, with about 12,000 deaths overall, but a recent rise in infections has put hospitals under stress, doctors say.
Japan has agreements with pharmaceutical companies to provide enough vaccines for its entire population, including Modern dose for 25 million people, Pfizer for 97 million people and AstraZeneca dose enough to vaccinate 60 million people.
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