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3/16, 7:31 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Japan's Suga receives first shot of Pfizer's vaccine

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga received on Tuesday the first dose of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE's vaccine against COVID-19 ahead of his visit to United States President Joe Biden scheduled for April.

"[The vaccines are] expected to prevent infections or severe symptoms, and are very important for measures against infectious diseases," he said, adding that he felt "more compelled for the need to deliver the vaccines to more citizens as soon as possible."

Earlier this month, Suga's government extended the state of emergency in Tokyo for another two weeks to curb the further spread of coronavirus in the capital.

Breaking the News / JR