Japan to Receive 144M Doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

TOKYO – Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has signed a contract with Pfizer Inc. to receive approximately 144 million doses of the drugmaker’s COVID-19 vaccine sufficient for 72 million people this year, Pfizer Japan announced on Wednesday.

Last year, the Japanese government had reached a basic agreement with the U.S. pharmaceutical giant and its German partner BioNTech SE for the supply of 120 million doses for 60 million people.

Pfizer Inc. filed for manufacturing and marketing approval of the vaccine to the MHLW last Dec. 18. - Florenda Corpuz