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Japan approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, 1st for domestic use

Vaccinations are expected to start Wednesday at a medical facility in Tokyo before expanding elsewhere.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan formally approved Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, the first greenlit for domestic use, clearing the way for the nation to start inoculating health workers in a matter of days.

The fast-track approval by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare was a major step forward in the country's efforts to bring the pandemic under control.

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