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Japan Rushing to Build COVID-19 Vaccination Regime as 1st Approval Draws Near

By Kenichi Kurita December 28, 2020
“It’ll be difficult operations, but we have to make it happen.” So said Health Minister Norihisa Tamura at a Lower House health committee session in mid-November. He was talking about his ministry’s resolve to forge a COVID-19 vaccine delivery system…

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