According to media reports, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has asked the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer to provide more doses of the covid-19 vaccine.
Pfizer confirmed to Reuters that on the last day of a three-day visit to Washington, Su Jia made this request in a virtual meeting with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla.
Japan’s Nikkei Shimbun previously quoted Japanese officials as saying that Suka requested an increased dose of Pfizer, which is the only vaccine approved in Japan so far.
After starting a vaccination campaign for health workers on February 17, Japan only started vaccinating about 36 million people over the age of 65 on Monday.
Some experts warn that due to limited supplies, the general population will not be able to use the vaccine until late summer or even winter.
So far, only 0.9% of Japan’s population has received the first dose of vaccine, compared with 2.5% in South Korea and 48% in the UK.
The Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the United States agreed that the two countries will work together to enable the region to obtain a vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic.
The head of the Olympic Games said on Friday that Japan has pledged to hold a safe games this summer because the rising infection rate has triggered new calls for new postponement or cancellation of events.