Japan looks into mixing and matching COVID vaccines


Using mostly COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc for its vaccination rollout, the Japan health ministry is looking into mixing and matching either, as the country speeds up its inoculation program.


TOKYO — According to official figures, 43.5 percent of the country’s population have been fully vaccinated as of Thursday, 27 August.

“We can expect an acceleration in vaccinations if we gain approval for the mixed dose approach fromt the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, said Taro Kono in a television program.

Also, a third dose is being considered as population protection is targeted and as a response to reduced efficacy and breakthrough infection cases among those who are fully vaccinated.

According to health minister Kono, administering third shot can be started for health workers in October at the earliest and for senior citizens aged 65 and older early next year as soon as authorized.

“We have already secured the necessary quantities” for a booster shot rollout, said Kono. (RA/JuanManila)

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