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Feb 16, 2021
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Japan plans to throw away part of Pfizer vaccine due to syringe shortage

Japanese Cabinet Secretary General Katsunobu Kato said that Japanese doctors would have to throw away part of the coronavirus vaccine produced by the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer due to the lack of a sufficient number of specialized syringes, TASS reports.

Kato explained that specialists can completely extract the drug from the vial only with the help of special syringes, which are difficult to purchase due to high demand.

At the moment, while the Japanese government is negotiating the purchase of an additional batch of syringes, the remaining part of the drug in the vials will have to be thrown away.

Also, the secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers clarified that due to the lack of syringes, already ordered by the batch of Pfizer, it will be possible to vaccinate only about 60 million people instead of 72 million. Vaccination should start in Japan on February 17.

Earlier it was reported that a detachment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces arrived on the southern island of Miyakojima in Okinawa Prefecture to assist medical workers in the face of the outbreak of coronavirus. It is noted that 110 people fell ill on the small island in five days.

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