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COVID vaccines

Japan to allow emergency vaccine rollouts without clinical trials

Government to speed up inoculations after criticism over COVID delays

A medical worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in Tokyo. Japan lags significantly behind the U.S. in its rollout.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will consider making vaccines and medical treatments that have yet to be domestically approved available in an emergency after regulatory roadblocks delayed its COVID-19 vaccination campaign as cases spiked.

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