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The government will approve the use of Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine as soon as May 21, the Yomiuri newspaper reported Saturday without attribution.

The Moderna vaccine would be the second to get approved in Japan and will be used in the nation’s large inoculation centers that will open in Tokyo and Osaka from May 24, the paper said. Currently, only the Pfizer Inc. vaccine is cleared for use in Japan.

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