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COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin in Japan

COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin in Japan

   Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--Vaccinations against the novel coronavirus began in Japan on Wednesday, targeting some 40,000 medical workers.
   The medical workers at 100 locations nationwide, including national hospitals, will be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine developed by major U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc.
   Vaccinations are expected to help the population acquire herd immunity needed to contain the epidemic.
   Still, schedules for vaccine supplies to Japan are unclear, making it uncertain when vaccinations will be available for other people, including the elderly.
   Pfizer's vaccine is a new type made by synthesizing part of the messenger RNA, which contains genetic information. The vaccine, to be injected twice at an interval of three weeks in principle, is very unlikely to cause serious side effects.

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