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Japan sees fourfold jump in vaccine procurement in April from March

Medical workers receive doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – The minister overseeing Japan’s vaccination programme, Taro Kono, said on Friday shipments to Japan of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech will likely make a nearly fourfold jump in April from the previous month.

Japan expects to receive 8,766 parcels of vaccines in April, or about 1.7 million vials, he said. That will be up from 2,275 parcels for March.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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