COVID-19 in Japan news round-up
- The health ministry said it will advise hospitals to actively consider releasing COVID-19 patients as early as four days after hospitalization if they do not require oxygen or are not in a worse condition.
- COVID-19 shots from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Inc. are both available in Japan’s booster campaign. Here’s a look at how the shots compare.
- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has set a target of speeding up COVID-19 booster vaccinations to a million shots a day by the end of the month.
- Kishida also said Monday that the government would consider granting conditional early approval for the oral COVID-19 treatment being developed by Shionogi & Co., with his remarks coming as the firm prepares to start a late-stage global trial.
- Drinking alcohol can curb the rise in coronavirus-neutralizing antibodies after a third shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a study by a team at Japan’s International University of Health and Welfare.