Clinical study begins in Japan for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
Kyodo -- Jan 22
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said Thursday it has begun clinical trials in Japan of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate by U.S. biotech firm Moderna Inc. with an eye to distributing it in the first half of this year.

Takeda, which is undertaking clinical trials and distribution in Japan of the U.S. company's vaccine known as mRNA-1273, will target 200 adults in the study. The drugmaker is planning to provide 50 million doses, or enough for 25 million people after obtaining regulatory approval. Each person would need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Japan is struggling to cope with a resurgence in coronavirus cases, with the first vaccine rollout yet to begin. U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. has applied for Japanese government approval for its coronavirus vaccine and Britain's AstraZeneca Plc has begun a clinical study of its vaccine in Japan. - Kyodo

「モデルナ」のワクチンの治験が国内で始まりました。  「武田薬品」は21日、アメリカの大手製薬会社「モデルナ」が開発した新型コロナウイルスのワクチンについて、国内での治験を始めたと発表しました。  200人の成人を対象に、ワクチンとワクチンの成分がなく人体に影響のない偽薬のどちらかを4週間あけて2回接種し、安全性などを調べます。  政府はモデルナのワクチンについて5000万回分の提供を受けることで合意しています。  国内での供給を担当する武田薬品は今年6月までに供給を始められるよう進めたいとしています。 - ANNnewsCH

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