Japan’s Covid-19 cases reached a new daily record on Jan. 6, as the government faced mounting pressure from health experts to impose a strict state of emergency for the Tokyo greater metropolitan area.

A Covid-19 vaccine being developed by CSL Ltd. and the University of Queensland was scrapped after numerous vaccine recipients reported receiving false positives on certain HIV tests, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Shionogi & Co. is planning clinical trials by year-end 2020 for what may be one of Japan’s first domestically produced Covid-19 vaccines to reach the market, as the globe races to secure enough doses to battle the pandemic.

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced the start in Japan of combined Phase I and Phase II clinical trials of their mRNA vaccine candidate against the novel coronavirus.

Fujifilm Holdings Corp. said the company is seeking to have the flu drug Avigan approved in Japan as a treatment for Covid-19, a move that comes after a late-stage study showed reduced recovery times for patients with non-severe symptoms.

Will the solitary path the United States is on, insulate it from further Covid-19 pandemic-related damage? Christopher Snyder, a professor of economics at Dartmouth University, believes the answer depends largely on the eventual vaccine’s level of efficacy.

Japanese researchers developed a blood test they say appears to serve as an early warning system for serious cases of Covid-19, and deployed 500 prototype machines to trial its effectiveness nationwide.

Fujifilm Holdings Corp. said a late-stage study of Avigan showed the antiviral drug reduced recovery times for Covid-19 patients with non-severe symptoms, boosting expectations for regulatory approval in Japan.

Europe’s healthcare regulator endorsed using dexamethasone to treat Covid-19 patients with breathing difficulties, paving the way for the steroid to become the region’s second approved treatment for the respiratory illness.

Russia approved R-Pharm’s Coronavir treatment for outpatients with mild to moderate Covid-19 infections and the antiviral drug could be rolled out to pharmacies in the country within a week, the company said.