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Hospital workers to be first up for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Chief science officer pledges global availability and accessible pricing

Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson, said vaccine distribution should focus on those most at risk from the coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of Johnson & Johnson)

TOKYO -- Johnson & Johnson will offer its in-development coronavirus vaccine around the world, making it first available to front-line medical workers, Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels told Nikkei.

The company will work with all governments around the globe -- not just in Europe and the U.S., but also countries including Japan, China and South Korea -- to "find ways to provide vaccines in every country," including poor nations, Stoffels said. New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson, the world's largest health care company, has a presence nearly everywhere in the world, he noted.

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