Kyodo news agency said that along with speeding up administrative procedures related to vaccines, the Japanese government is considering starting the vaccination from February 17 to about 20,000 doctors and doctors across the country who agree to be vaccinated. The estimated number of vaccine doses in the first batch is about 400,000 doses. Approximately 3.7 million frontline workers will be vaccinated in mid-March, by April the turn of seniors 65 and older, followed by people with background disease and those living in nursing homes, Finally, the injection is given to the entire population.
According to the plan, on February 14, Japan will receive the vaccine batches shipped from the factory in Belgium, followed by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will promote official licensing one day later.
The tightening European Union (EU) controls on vaccine exports produced in the bloc has raised concerns about the timing and quantity of vaccines that Japan may receive. Tokyo intends to secure supply through negotiations with Brussels.
The Japanese government has now contracted vaccine manufacturers to give the vaccine to 157 million people, more than Japan’s 126 million people. Of these, 72 million doses are made by Pfizer, and the rest are from AstraZeneca and Moderna.