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Japan's Kishida to ask Pfizer chief for early delivery of 120m shots

Prime minister seeks to secure enough doses for boosters

Pfizer's Albert Bourla. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to speak with with the drugmaker's CEO as early as Dec. 17.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to speak with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla as early as Friday to request the delivery of 120 million doses of the company's COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2022.

Kishida wants to secure enough doses as Japan starts administering booster shots to prevent a potential resurgence of the coronavirus, particularly its more infectious omicron variant. The government and Pfizer already have a purchase agreement for the doses.

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