Japan to Discard Pfizer Vaccines Due to Syringes Shortage

Japan discards Pfizer vaccines due to the syringe shortages, health official said on Tuesday.

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said to a local news agency that the syringes can only draw five doses and will not be enough for the shots administered.

“The syringes used in Japan can only draw five doses. We will use all the syringes we have that can draw six doses, but it will, of course, not be enough as more shots are administered,” Tamura said.

Japan has received 144 million shots from Pfizer for 72 million people  assuming each vial contained six doses.

Meanwhile, officials have urged medical equipment manufacturers to “step up production of the special syringes.” Japan aims to start the vaccination of health workers on February 17.

According to Kyodo News, the first phase of the vaccine will be in April for people ages 65 and above for 36 million residents.

Japan has more than 409,000 COVID-19 cases, more than 369,000 recovered and 6,601 deaths.

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