Over two years since the emergence of COVID-19, Japan’s pharmaceutical companies are finally in the home stretch of introducing their vaccines in the country, a move that experts say will be extremely important from the perspective of self-reliance.

In an important step, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. group became the first Japanese company to receive approval for its COVID-19 vaccine, in Canada, late last month. It is considering applying for approval in Japan between July and September.

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