Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his intention to resign
According to the Prime Minister, the fight against COVID-19 and the election campaign together require tremendous energy, and he will not be able to do both. "I decided to focus on measures to combat the coronavirus," Suga said.
Two people have died in Japan after being vaccinated with Moderna
In Yaonii, the causes of the deaths of two men at the age of 30 are being investigated. Both men died in August, within days of receiving the second dose of Moderna vaccine.
Japan has stopped the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna, which have been delivered to 863 vaccination centers nationwide, after domestic distributor Takeda Pharmaceutical received reports of identified contaminants in some of the shipment's vials.
In Japan, the first case of a new type of highly infectious "delta" variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed, carries a mutation similar to that of the "Alpha" -stamp
There have been eight reported cases of this delta subtype outside of Japan, but its infectivity remains unknown.
A new type of "delta" variant was discovered in a patient at a subsidiary hospital earlier this month. It contained the L452R mutation, which is seen in the delta variant, as well as the N501S mutation, which resembles the N501Y mutation, which occurs in the alphas.