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Coronavirus

Japan depends on overseas vaccines due to 30 years of inaction

Bureaucratic timidity allowed a once vital industry to wither away

Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Center Komagome Hospital's president Terumi Kamisawa receives a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease. Japan has no homegrown coronavirus vaccine that has been approved.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's visit to the U.S. last month included a phone call to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, as the Japanese leader sought to secure doses of the American company's coronavirus vaccine.

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