Japan, AstraZeneca to agree on 100 mil. COVID-19 vaccine dose supply - (Kyodo News+ via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Japan has reached an agreement with AstraZeneca to receive a supply of 120 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine being developed with the University of Oxford, reported Kyodo News+.

  • According to the news source, the AZD1222 vaccine will be supplied to Japan from next year if put into practical use, with 30 million doses to be received by March.

  • Japan has already agreed to receive a supply of 120 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine for 60 million people by the end of June next year from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, if they succeed in developing it.

  • AstraZeneca has announced that it will start supplying its COVID-19 vaccine overseas in September, and is expected to begin clinical trials in Japan later this month to confirm its efficacy and safety.

  • The UK drugmaker is also in talks with JCR Pharmaceuticals Co. to produce vaccine solutions, and with Daiichi Sankyo for packing and storing vaccines.

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