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AstraZeneca starts coronavirus vaccine trials in Japan

Drugmaker says it will deliver 30m doses to the country by next March

AstraZeneca has signed an agreement with the Japanese government to supply the country with 120 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- AstraZeneca has begun clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine candidate in Japan, its local unit announced Friday.

The U.K.-headquartered company is the third to start such trials in the country, after AnGes, a drugmaker that was founded at Osaka University, and U.S.-based Johnson & Johnson. If successful, it could become one of the top suppliers for coronavirus vaccines in Japan.

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