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After US, when will Asia get COVID-19 vaccines? 5 things to know

Pfizer inoculations proceed in West while other countries to wait months

A sign directs health care workers to a practice session for administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Expectations are rising about the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, as the U.S. announced on Friday it had approved emergency use of one developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval came as the country struggles to curb the highly infectious virus that has now infected more than 15 million people, the most in the world.

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