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Japan to approve more COVID-19 vaccines as state of emergency set to widen

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By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is expected to expand a state of emergency to cover the island of Okinawa on Friday, and it is also set to approve Moderna Inc and AstraZeneca PLC COVID-19 vaccines after health regulators’ green light a day earlier. Japan kicked off its vaccination campaign in mid-February using Pfizer Inc’s vaccine but has so far inoculated just 3.9% of its population – the slowest rate among the world’s larger, rich countries. Media reported on Friday that despite the expected approval of the two additional vaccines, the government was likely to wait on using AstraZe…

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