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COVID vaccines

Pfizer wanted to negotiate with Suga, not vaccine czar Kono

Drugmaker's CEO insisted on dealing directly with Japanese leader

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, and vaccine czar Taro Kono address reporters after touring a vaccination site in Tokyo on April 12.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- On Saturday morning, as he was about to wrap up his short trip to Washington, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga spoke with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by phone to request additional coronavirus vaccine.

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