To accelerate the third dose of the new corona vaccine, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Goto has announced that he has agreed to purchase an additional Pfizer vaccine and receive it next month.

Regarding the new coronavirus vaccine, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has supplied 120 million doses from Pfizer, 18 million doses from Moderna from last month to next month, and 75 million doses in the first half of this year. We have a contract to receive the supply of batches.

Under these circumstances, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Goto revealed to reporters on the afternoon of the 14th that he had agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine to accelerate the third vaccination and receive supply next month. did.

It also announced that it has agreed to supply 6 million doses of Pfizer's 120 million vaccines, which it has already signed, ahead of schedule next month.

For this reason, Pfizer is expected to receive 12 million doses for children aged 5 to 11 and 34 million doses for the general public by next month, for a total of 46 million doses. about it.

On top of that, Minister Goto said, "Since the third vaccination is effective in preventing the onset and aggravation of both Pfizer and Moderna, I would like to ask the people to receive it as soon as possible. Also, I hope that the third vaccination will proceed even more steadily. , We will continue to work on negotiations with vaccine manufacturers. "