TOKYO, March 1. / TASS /. About 1,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine have become unusable in Japan due to the breakdown of the refrigerator where they were stored. This was reported on Monday by the Kyodo agency.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, 172 vials of the vaccine, which would have been enough for 1,032 doses, were found unusable as a result of the incident. It is currently not known what caused the equipment breakdown. One of the hallmarks of Pfizer's vaccine is that it needs to be stored at an extremely low temperature.
Vaccination in Japan began on February 17, at the first stage 40 thousand local health workers will be vaccinated, later this process can cover about 4.7 million Japanese doctors. At the second stage, residents of the country over 65 years old will be allowed to vaccinate, of whom there are about 36 million in Japan. By May, vaccines may become available for other categories of citizens. According to the Japanese authorities, in the week since the start of vaccination in the country, there have been no cases of severe side effects in those vaccinated.