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Japan vaccine czar Kono says inoculation pace to accelerate in May

"Starting in May, there will be no bottleneck in supply," Kono told Reuters in an interview. Officially the minister in charge of administrative reform, Kono was tapped in January to lead Japan's COVID-19 vaccination push.

March 29, 2021 / 10:12 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide vaccination drive on January 16. (Representative image)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide vaccination drive on January 16. (Representative image)

Japan's vaccine minister, Taro Kono, said on Monday that the pace of inoculation in the country would accelerate in May, with 10 million doses expected to be imported every week that month.

"Starting in May, there will be no bottleneck in supply," Kono told Reuters in an interview. Officially the minister in charge of administrative reform, Kono was tapped in January to lead Japan's COVID-19 vaccination push.

Japan started its vaccination campaign last month, later than most major economies and dependent on imported doses of Pfizer Inc's vaccine. Shots developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Moderna Inc are now awaiting regulatory approval in Japan.

Through Friday, just over 780,000 people in Japan, mostly healthcare workers, have received at least one vaccine dose.



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first published: Mar 29, 2021 10:03 am
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