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Moderna applies for approval for COVID-19 booster injection from Japan’s Ministry of Health – NHK

Vials with a sticker that reads “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe can be seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this image, taken Oct. 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

TOKYO, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) filed for approval from Japan’s health ministry on Wednesday to use their COVID-19 vaccines for booster shots, NHK broadcaster reported Thursday.

Japan plans to start administering booster shots from December this year and 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 injections in Japan.

According to NHK, about 74% of Japan’s population has been fully vaccinated as of Thursday. The country is currently seeing a drop in cases following a fifth wave of the pandemic that peaked in August.

Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Toby Chopra

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