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- British authorities have issued an advisory after two people who got a dose of the new vaccine for the coronavirus showed sharp adverse reactions. Inoculation of the vaccine, developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, began in Britain on Tuesday. The National Health Service says two NHS workers who were vaccinated along with elderly people developed symptoms of anaphylactoid reaction, which commonly involves a skin rash, breathlessness and a drop in blood pressure, shortly after getting a shot.
- Canadian health authorities have approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer of the United States and Germany’s BioNTech. Health Canada said on Wednesday that it approved the vaccine after screening based on provisional standards for drugs and vaccines for the coronavirus.
- NHK has learned that the number of elderly people found to be infected with the coronavirus has nearly doubled in Tokyo from the figure in August, when Japan was hit by the second wave of infection. During the summer, the virus was found mainly in young people. But recently it has also spread among older people.