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The health ministry on Tuesday officially authorized the use of U.S. biopharmaceutical firm Novavax Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine, making it the fourth coronavirus vaccine available in Japan.

The Novavax vaccine is a recombinant protein vaccine, unlike the three vaccines already approved. According to the ministry, the vaccine is effective against the highly infectious omicron variant of the coronavirus, albeit less so compared with other variants.

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