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The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry approved Wednesday the domestic use of swine flu vaccines made by British and Swiss companies, paving the way for their distribution around early February with inoculations beginning in midmonth.

Japan has concluded import contracts with the two companies, with vaccines for 7.4 million people to be purchased from Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline PLC and 2.5 million from Novartis AG of Switzerland.

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