Japanese government committee approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine – NHK

FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and sryinge are seen in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese government health panel has approved Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine for use, NHK national television reported on Friday, the first such approval in Japan.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said vaccinations would begin from the middle of next week, starting with some 10,000 health workers. The government hopes to secure enough supplies for the whole populace by mid-year.

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