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REFILE-Moderna applies for COVID-19 booster shot approval from Japan's health ministry -NHK

REFILE-Moderna applies for COVID-19 booster shot approval from Japan's health ministry -NHK

reuters.com · 11/11/2021 05:17
REFILE-Moderna applies for COVID-19 booster shot approval from Japan's health ministry -NHK

Adds NHK attribution in headline

- Moderna Inc MRNA.O applied for approval from Japan's health ministry on Wednesday to use their COVID-19 vaccines for booster shots, broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday.

Japan plans to start administering booster shots from December this year, and has already approved the use of Pfizer PFE.N COVID-19 vaccines for a third round of vaccinations on Thursday.

If approved, Moderna's vaccine would become the second to be approved for booster shots in Japan.

About 74% of Japan's population has been fully vaccinated as of Thursday according to NHK. The country is currently seeing a fall in cases following a fifth wave of the pandemic that peaked in August.


(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Toby Chopra)

((Sakura.Murakami@thomsonreuters.com;))