Subject to successful outcomes and regulatory approvals, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to manufacture up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020, and "potentially more than 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021".
Japan has so far escaped the epidemic relatively lightly, with around 32,500 infections and just over 1,000 deaths since the first case was detected in January.
But the number of cases has been on the rise since the government lifted a state of emergency two months ago.
Tokyo's governor warned Thursday that the capital may have to impose a new state of emergency if infection numbers continued to climb.
(Writer & Editor: Agence France-Presse)
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