TOKYO: Japan's requirement of domestic clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines cost it precious time in inoculating its population, vaccine ...
AdvertisementJapan's mid-February start of vaccinations lagged behind most major economies and was dependent on initially scarce doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine imported from overseas.Kono, the administrative reform minister tapped to head the programme in January, said that opposition parties pushed for domestic trials, and that media would have pilloried the government if accidents had happened without them.
But some public health experts have said that the domestic trials, involving 200 subjects or fewer, were scientifically meaningless.In recent weeks, the vaccine campaign has picked up steam and is set to accelerate now that thousands of companies have signed up to use government supplies to administer shots to employees and families.
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