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Japan readies cold logistics for Feb. 14 arrival of Pfizer vaccine

DHL, Yamato and Seino Transportation enlisted to deliver dosages

 A nurse holds a syringe and a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vial. The dosages must be stored at ultracold temperatures.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With Japan's first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine set to arrive as early as Sunday, logistics companies are rushing to prepare a cold chain network that can bring shots safely all the way from overseas production sites to recipients' arms.

The vaccines will be flown in via an All Nippon Airways cargo flight from plants in Germany and Belgium, where doses for the Japanese market are reportedly being manufactured.

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