Japan Today
national

Terumo begins production of 7-shot syringe for COVID-19 vaccine

29 Comments

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© KYODO

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

29 Comments
Login to comment

Better idea: eight-shot syringe.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

What do they mean "begins"?? They've had a year plus now to get on this and they're only starting now??

15 ( +20 / -5 )

"Terumo begins production of 7-shot syringe for COVID-19 vaccine"

Japan is always too slow to action and what does that mean? Well, if you do the math, people suffer.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

What do they mean "begins"?? They've had a year plus now to get on this and they're only starting now??

Terumo can only be blamed for the slow start of one month really. Japanese bureaucracy is responsible for the rest. But a year plus? When were the vaccines first authorized and when were the issues with syringes first noted? No more than 5 months ago was it?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

New syringe seems okay as Japan has just started vaccine shot for its people anyway. It seems to me Japan doesn't need big hurry about vaccine.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

A hospital in Kyoto Prefecture, western Japan, has found that insulin syringes can be used for the Pfizer vaccine and can extract seven doses from each vial.

Except that insulin syringes that have no leftover space also have a very short needle integrated in the body of the syringe, making it unusable for intramuscular injections that require a needle of twice the lenght.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Do you research with regards to this vaccination before getting it!

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Japan has lagged behind the United States and some European nations in starting inoculations.

Japan has currently 0.2% of inoculation rate.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Good. At last.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

As long as syringes are not shared...

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Your point is evident @*EuroDude 7:45. We’re ALL sorry for the continued ‘stalking’, ‘bullying’ and ‘teasing about ESL you’re experiencing by @Kentarogajin 8:17am. Don’t let Him dissuade you from commenting and giving Your opinions. These daily ’hit & run’ tactics of that ‘roll are often ‘overlooked’. He never offers anything productive to stimulate any *the dialogue.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Now get on with the roll out and stop dithering. Some of us have lives to get on with.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Now get on with the roll out and stop dithering. Some of us have lives to get on with.

Until 8-9pm, yawn.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Do you research with regards to this vaccination before getting it!

You should, but only from refutable sources like medical journals. Not from your facebook friends and memes.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Start.. no rush.. the longer we wait the less syringes we need. The dead don’t get vaccinated.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

What do they mean "begins"?? They've had a year plus now to get on this and they're only starting now??

Until a few months ago, nobody knew you could get 6 shots from a vial, let alone 7. So no need to complain about the one Japanese company that is actually doing something useful.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Except that insulin syringes that have no leftover space also have a very short needle integrated in the body of the syringe, making it unusable for intramuscular injections that require a needle of twice the lenght.

Seems they still hope to use it, but us westerners in Japan are out of luck.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14253760

Sueyoshi said the cushion of fat that resides just under the skin of Japanese people is thinner than that of Europeans, making it possible to administer an injection into the muscle by an insulin syringe.

Sueyoshi said the hospital has already inoculated staff using an insulin syringe after measuring the thickness of their subcutaneous fat by ultrasonography.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Ohhh right - so now a Japanese manufacturer is involved, maybe we can start trying to catch up to Zimbabwe in the vaccination game? Nothing in this burg that can't be solved by a dose of protectionism. Global pandemic? Pfui. Make sure Japan Inc gets their slice and maybe then we'll start thinking of doing something about it.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Until a few months ago, nobody knew you could get 6 shots from a vial, let alone 7. So no need to complain about the one Japanese company that is actually doing something useful.

The article is missing the very important factor cost, it will make no sense if the cost of the syringe is higher than the vaccine and as is well know here when the gov't is the purchaser cost is not an issue and the price becomes astronomical and a golden opportunity to milk the fat cow as much as possible.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Sueyoshi said the cushion of fat that resides just under the skin of Japanese people is thinner than that of Europeans, making it possible to administer an injection into the muscle by an insulin syringe.

Yeah, special people these Japanese are.

@Zoroto You don't have to be a doctor to know this true! Just go down to your local onsen!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

No, that’s five shots only, because you need the rest to check each bottle, what it is containing. Now as it is public, that there are idiots working at the filling stations in those factories, see J&J for example, you can’t simply inject everything out of those bottles, or let’s now say , black ‘boxes’.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The UK has given out 35 million first injections and 3.8 million people are fully vaccinated,

The USA 148 million and 53.4 million being fully vaccinated 16.28% of the population

China 115 million, India 63.1 million 9.07 fully vaccinated, even Bangladesh a very poor country has given out 5.2 million injections. come on Japan your well behind.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Sueyoshi said the cushion of fat that resides just under the skin of Japanese people is thinner than that of Europeans, making it possible to administer an injection into the muscle by an insulin syringe.

The main point of the longer needle is to inject the dose deep in the muscle so the delivery is much faster than in the subcutaneous tissue, because of that the needle is usually 2.5 to 3.5 cm long, insulin needles are 5 mm long. Differences in subcutaneous tissue of the arm in Asian vs Caucasians are in the order of 3-4 mm.

This means that in a thin Asian patient the insulin needle pressed firmly into the skin can reach the muscle, but just reaching it cannot be called a proper intramuscular delivery. With mRNA vaccines the speed of the delivery is of huge importance (the mRNA is degraded very quickly at body temperatures, so as much as the inoculate has to be absorbed in the first few minutes.) A delivery on the superficial part of the muscle instead of in the middle of the muscle is not enough to guarantee it will be delivered on time.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The insulin needle is super thin and very short. It comes separate from the syringe. Has a cap you take off and screw on to the syringe which can have up to 100mm of insulin. You turn the knob to decide how many units you need after checking your sugar level. There are many different types of insulin too by the way. The needle is used only once and put in a safe place to recycle back at the hospital. The reason I know is because my spouse is diabetic 1. Not a nice condition.

Those needles cannot be used for deep muscle injections. They are made for fatty areas of the body. Different place for each time you shoot up.

Insulin needle lengths are about 8mm.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Those needles cannot be used for deep muscle injections.

8mm needle length is okay for most Japanese but not all people. Most Japanese upper arms are not as big/thick as westerners. A doctor did it to some people and successfully made it, however insulin syringes are not many for all people.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites