US Moderna and UK AstraZeneca vaccines officially approved in Japan

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose public support rate has dropped due to criticism over his response to the pandemic, has pledged to ramp up inoculations to one million shots a day and finish vaccinating the elderly by the end of July.

The government has secured 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna, the efficacy rate of which is 94 percent, by September and 120 million doses from AstraZeneca, the efficacy rate of which is somewhat lower at 70 percent.

The government’s deal with Pfizer, which has a 95 percent efficacy rate, involves 194 million doses.

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