A nurse cares for a COVID-19 patient at a hospital in Tokyo. | KYODO
A nurse cares for a COVID-19 patient at a hospital in Tokyo. | KYODO

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.

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