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Kishida asks Pfizer CEO to speed up vaccine supply

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Plenty of other people he'd do well to tell to hurry up instead of the CEO of Pfizer.

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The Pfizer boss was too busy rolling around on the big pile of money in his office the first time Kishida tried to get through.

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Japan’s government says all omicron cases so far have been detected by its border controls, but experts say it is only a matter of time before community transmission cases start surfacing.

When they start testing outside of border controls, then cases will start surfacing.

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Blaming the supplier again? As far as I recall, Japan has surplus of vaccines already.

There’s no hope for this guy either. Worse than Suga.

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Once again, Japan caught with its pants down. Isn’t anyone here capable of a forward thinking?

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Her male friend whom she saw shortly after arrival has since tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a soccer game.

So basically she didn't self-isolate for 2 weeks as she was supposed to. I thought they will name and shame you? Japan is too soft there.

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Without testing, Japan will never get the vaccine ahead of other countries, as they are seen as not needing it. Unless they really show Pfizer the money...

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Apart from a notable exception of Japan, where the covid infection has almost subsided, countries with high vaccination rates are all experiencing a resurgence of virus infection. Powerful proof that the vaccines don’t work. The hoax won’t last forever. In a few years time, I can see Pfizer and Moderna filing for bankruptcy, faced with multi-billion-dollar class action lawsuits.

1/ vaccines were made before Delta and Omicron variants and have proven efficiency

2/ vaccines were never sold as miracle products for infections but as the best option to avoid severe cases and deaths

3/ with more people vaccinated asap, strong variants wouldn't have appeared

4/ in proportion (and this important), there's way more non-vaccinated people in ICU than vaccinated (you complotists are only presenting raw numbers as proof)

5/ You, antivaxers, are seing many things, such as millions of vaccinated person deads in autumn 2021 ... never happened

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Japan has a factory in Kobe manufacturing AstraZeneca vaccines so why pay more money out for imports?

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No doubt the variant is real. No doubt the vaccines weren't working before this variant even though they like to use it as an excuse. They did the same for Delta and already have the next variant ready to roll out.

Mistaken in both accounts vaccines have been working very nicely reducing the risk from COVID better than expected, even against Delta, which caused hospitalizations, complications and deaths predominantly in unvaccinated people, sure proof of the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing them.

Interestingly the Delta variant apparently came from India just after it rejected the mRNA vaccines.

What is is interesting about it? variants have appeared in places with poor vaccination and widespread contagion, it is as "interesting" as noticing how people end up with digestive infections more often when they "reject" washing their hands. It is a clear example of cause and effect that only surprises people that systematically reject science so predictable things become huge surprises for them.

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Working in pharmacy, we've been experiencing a LOT of shortages in many different medications. There is no ability to "hurry up" manufacturing because all sorts of things can affect it. If the ingredients aren't there, or take time to manufacture, supply lines are hampered (like ships being held up at port, or cargo getting lost/stolen), short staffing issues across many different companies, and many other situations that arise will always create a lot of delay and problems.

Many drug manufacturers are already required to be laser focused on making enough COVID vaccine and COVID treatment medications (they are different by the way).

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Apart from a notable exception of Japan, where the covid infection has almost subsided, countries with high vaccination rates are all experiencing a resurgence of virus infection. Powerful proof that the vaccines don’t work. The hoax won’t last forever. In a few years time, I can see Pfizer and Moderna filing for bankruptcy, faced with multi-billion-dollar class action lawsuits.

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What is is interesting about it? variants have appeared in places with poor vaccination and widespread contagion, it is as "interesting" as noticing how people end up with digestive infections more often when they "reject" washing their hands. It is a clear example of cause and effect that only surprises people that systematically reject science so predictable things become huge surprises for them.

How are per-capita infections and deaths in India and South African compared to the countries up to the gills in mRNA vaccines? Why have deaths in South Africa decreased from when they were using the mRNA vaccines compare to since they rejected the mRNA vaccines?

A few weeks ago a headline in a major Indian newspaper stated "India dodged a bullet rejecting the mRNA vaccines". I think that says it all.

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Japan should focus more on antiviral drugs than vaccines.

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I can not see that correlation in worldwide statistics. Can you you tell us what you base the claim on?

How about every official declaratino done about the topic by any scientific and medical institution of the whole world?

I mean if the people that know about infections, pandemics, vaccines, etc. say they work (and have the data to prove it) while nameless people on the internet say everybody is wrong but them, it is not really difficult to see who is the one mistaken.

Indeed, at first the vaccines seemed to just offer a few months of protection against severe symptoms.

And infections, and complications, and death, and even against transmission, like every other vaccine ever, months of protection against the higher risks from COVID is still months more than not vaccinating. Not to mention that for most of the population the protection last for as long as they have been vaccinated, even if not at 100%.

Now, we have Omicron, which does not produce severe symptoms.

Except when it does and makes people require hospitalization to save their lives, which is not something guaranteed to happen.

Even if the vaccines are designed for another strain they still offer much more protection than not vaccinating, where the natural infection comes with the full risk, and it is not so long lasting either according to the evidence of reinfections by omicron.

No thanks. No booster shots for me. Apparently thay want us to take a new vaccine evey 3 months.

"they" who? and according to what? some hidden information that nobody else can access?

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Now, we have Omicron, which does not produce severe symptoms.

No doubt the variant is real. No doubt the vaccines weren't working before this variant even though they like to use it as an excuse. They did the same for Delta and already have the next variant ready to roll out.

Interestingly the Delta variant apparently came from India just after it rejected the mRNA vaccines. Then the Omicron variant apparently came from South Africa just after it rejected a US 'gift' of several million mRNA doses. Very suspicious.

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Is Japan trying to emulate South Korea? Since 90% of the population was vaccinated, infections and deaths have surged far above what they were before anyone was vaccinated.

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Yeah, Russia's doing just fine, hey?

I know how it is. On the one hand Anglo-Americans say, "ha ha ha, stupid Russians are anti vaxxers" and on the other they say, "ha ha ha, Sputnik V doesn't work. because many Russians are dying from coronavirus." Despite the fact Russia is doing much better than USA, Germany, France, UK.

Over 70 countries are using it including giants such as India, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia. They along with Russia all report the same thing. Efficacy around 90% against every known variant and perfectly safe.

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