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Japan govt welcomes coronavirus vaccine successes

This creative image taken in a studio in Paris on November 16, 2020, showing a syringe and a vaccine vial with the reproducted logo of a US biotech firm Moderna, illustrates the announcement of an experimental vaccine against Covid-19 from Moderna that would be nearly 95% effective, marking a second major step forward in the quest to end the Covid-19 pandemic. (AFP)
This creative image taken in a studio in Paris on November 16, 2020, showing a syringe and a vaccine vial with the reproducted logo of a US biotech firm Moderna, illustrates the announcement of an experimental vaccine against Covid-19 from Moderna that would be nearly 95% effective, marking a second major step forward in the quest to end the Covid-19 pandemic. (AFP)
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17 Nov 2020 02:11:53 GMT9
17 Nov 2020 02:11:53 GMT9

TOKYO: The Japanese government Tuesday welcomed the reported early successes of coronavirus vaccines.

“There are a series of encouraging news about vaccines at a time when many people are pinning high hopes on their development,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a press conference.

On Monday, US biopharmaceutical company Moderna Inc. said that its coronavirus vaccine showed a 94.5 percent efficacy, becoming the second firm to report encouraging trial results following Pfizer Inc.

Kato said that if Japanese regulators receive an application for vaccine approval, they will examine its efficacy and safety strictly.

The Japanese government is working to secure enough vaccines for all residents by the first half of next year, he said.

JIJI Press

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