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Japan to produce 90m doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Local drugmakers to make jabs soon as Tokyo becomes desperate to contain pandemic

AstraZeneca's vaccine will begin shipping in Japan as soon as May.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is gearing up to produce AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots as it grows desperate to secure enough vaccine for its population of 126 million amid global supply constraints, Nikkei has learned.

Production will be undertaken by JCR Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company that does not have experience producing vaccines but can culture the necessary adenoviral vectors.

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