A batch of Pfizer Inc coronavirus vaccine is offloaded from an aircraft at Narita Airport on Friday. Photo: KYODO
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1st batch of 400,000 doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine arrive in Japan

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It's about time.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

Now distribute them widely at a fast pace.

If the distribution takes as long as it took being approved then might have to wait until 2022 to get my jab.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Its good news. On the other hand are they happy to get the vaccine so the olympics can go on or are they happy that the vaccine will save lives regardless of the games?

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Hooray. When do we get them?

0 ( +9 / -9 )

@Luddite: For somebody clearly so intelligent and well read, your sarcasm on subjects like this is really not necessary. You know the likes of you and me will not being seeing anything until the summer at least.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

You guys can have my dose. I'm good.

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

You guys can have my dose. I'm good.

No. Get vaccinated, or you will be a danger to yourself and others.

-3 ( +14 / -17 )

I'm actually impressed they got a half million doses. I thought this was going to be a token gesture of a few thousand to pretend they're doing something.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Yes - Thanks, myself and my colleagues will gladly have your doses. Selfish is the word that springs to mind.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

400.000 doses?

So that's enough for 200.000 people!

Guess better than nothing .... but then again ....

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

400,000 doses, yet only 20,000 to be vaccinated before April?

Any reason why?

11 ( +15 / -4 )

But last week they were still negotiating the deep freezers!

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

vaccination costs should be covered by government,should be available for those who are interested.not compulsory one.let people decide if they want get one or not.

i have built my immunity and dont feel vulnerable so i give my vaccines to others who want get them.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Great news! The end of COVID-19 is in sight.

-13 ( +1 / -14 )

That’s sufficient for only 0.16% of the population , with a new 3-times more infectious Brazilian variant already in the pipeline, highly probable putting your funny calculations into the garbage can at once.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Now distribute them widely at a fast pace.

Just remember. This isn't the US and Suga is no Biden.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

i have built my immunity and dont feel vulnerable

Facts don't care about your feelings. You are not immune from Covid-19, and without a vaccine can pass the vaccine to others who are vulnerable, too.

2 ( +12 / -10 )

No thanks. Have never had such a vaccine or a flu shot. Haven't had the flu in 15 years. Not going to start messing with my body's natural immunity, that it has built up over the years, by taking this vaccine.

@Lararus Knows

You can still pass the virus on to others even if you get vaccinated. (BBC, NY Times, Healthline, etc)

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

More of that good stuff.

Pfizer vaccine found to give strong immune response to new Covid variants

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/11/pfizer-vaccine-strong-response-new-covid-variants

Glad to see things are starting to actually take shape here. Stay safe everyone and keep those masks on.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Lazarus Knows - even if you get the vaccine, you can still be a carrier of COVID and spread it. You are still a danger to the who have not received the vaccination, even if you received yours.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Hey everybody, you do realize that you most likely have ALREADY been infected by Covid-19, and successfully fought it off, right? It's been over a year. You're probably already immune, naturally.

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

@Runtuz

Have never had such a vaccine or a flu shot.

One can only assume you never had flu or the such. I was the same till my late 20s and then I got the flu and it made me grow up.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

Hey everybody, you do realize that you most likely have ALREADY been infected by Covid-19, and successfully fought it off, right? It's been over a year. You're probably already immune, naturally.

Shhhh... The herd like to feel good. Don't spoil their fun.

In all honesty, I think its actually sad that people are so willing to accept this despite the reality of the situation. The reality is COVID is just not that bad as the media has been making it out to be. The fact that people can't see where this is all heading is utterly sad an atrocious.

It's always been about control and will continue to be about control. Shame on those for being so easily duped.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

You guys can have my dose. I'm good.

The vaccine is not just for your own sake, you know.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Hey everybody, you do realize that you most likely have ALREADY been infected by Covid-19, and successfully fought it off, right? It's been over a year. You're probably already immune, naturally.

What are you talking about?

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Ready to give mine too.

When my turn will come, herd immunity will be already reached !

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

If they put the vaccine in chocolate, like a chocolate liquor, I bet you all would have it!!!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Aside from reason below the govt must be waiting for adequate supplies first before embarking on mass inoculations. Hopefully @Antiquesavings reposts again more info

The roughly 20,000 doctors and nurses from 100 hospitals across the country are set to participate in a study aiming to track potential symptoms and the frequency with which the symptoms occur, regardless of whether the vaccine is the cause.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Post above reply to @carpslidy

400,000 doses, yet only 20,000 to be vaccinated before April?

Any reason why?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

If the distribution takes as long as it took being approved then might have to wait until 2022 to get my jab.

Unless you're a front line worker, in a high risk group, or part of the elites, I can almost guarantee you won't be getting a jab this year. maybe not even next year. This whole vaccine rollout is going to take a lot longer than people realise.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Fuzzy... as a mid 50's healthy male, I've been informed by someone working in the health ministry that I can expect a jab "around" the end of October..."if everything goes well". So if you are older before or later if you are a wippersnapper!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

@Mr Kipling

I'm sure even those involved don't really have a handle on it yet. Time will tell. I'm as hopeful as anyone that it will be fast and smooth, but I'll believe it when I see it. One thing we have learnt, from another country that I won't name because the moderators around here have a problem with it, is this particular country had to give the first dose to around 50% of their population and the second dose to around 25% of their population before they saw a meaningful turn down in the infection rate. That's the prize we should all have our eyes on if we want our lives back.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Don’t forgo , give it a go , jab and go, probably will have to be mandatory for certain occupations..

0 ( +1 / -1 )

400.000 doses?

So that's enough for 200.000 people!

Guess better than nothing .... but then again ....

Hopefully they have other shipments in the works and this shipment will only be used for initial doses, not wastefully kept in storage for 3 weeks until the 2nd dose is required. I'm still worried about the availability of low dead space syringes though...I really hope that 20% will not be wasted due to a syringe shortage.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

1st batch of 400,000 doses of Pfizer COVID

Japan's first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived on Friday, local media reported, with official approval for the Pfizer Inc shots expected soon as the country races to control a third wave of infections ahead of the Olympic Games.

Japan has arranged to buy 144 million doses of the vaccine made by the U.S. drugmaker and German partner BioNTech, enough to inoculate 72 million people.

Can someone tell me why only the selected few will get the Pfizer doses and whom they will be distributed too and why are we the rest of the 72 million getting different batch mfg?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Doesnt really matter to general population. The general population would be lucky to get the chance receive a dose of any type of vaccine sometimes in 2022 if not later.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

so Japan is not capable of producing a vaccine domestically, good grief

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The syringes won't be here until June, though.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Why are they debating it if it’s a forgone conclusion that it will be approved on Sunday?

The US has already vaccinated about 50 million people...a little under half the entire population of Japan.

To say the Japanese Govt response is slow is an understatement.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

If the Japanese government can pull off 1,000,000/day , this will still take until the end of the year to get both jabs out.

seriously, what will they be doing until April? There are over 2,000,000 doctors and nurses, and how many paramedics and care givers. How many medical personnel are they planning to vaccinate before April?

Invalid CSRF

2 ( +2 / -0 )

"You're probably already immune, naturally."

It's called building antibodies.

And they don't last more than 8 months at best, according to the surveillance team studying the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine over here in London.

I heard this directly from a friend from HS who is now a Virologist actively involved with the surveillance programme.

PLEASE, get better informed before passing on false hopes to all.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Japan will probably be fine. It's the people in the west (the US in particular) who are not likely see an end of Covid-19 for a long time since a high percentage will refuse the vaccines available.

It's the price you pay for having so many ill-informed people.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

So you anti-Vacers,

When you are infected and sickened, your going to rely on your herd mobility and built up mobility, right?

And if you don’t, you’re going to pay your medical bills yourself without relying on public insurance, right?

No, I thought naught.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Don't let this happen in Japan,

USA 1/12.21 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Moderna permission to increase the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses per vial from 10 to 14, the New York Times reports.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Hopefully there would be minimal or no problems with succeeding supplies.

If no problems with supplies of vaccines and freezers Japan can vaccinate faster than most countries

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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