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Astrazeneca to begin Phase 1/2 clinical trials of coronavirus vaccine in Japan

FILE PHOTO: The company logo for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Astrazeneca said on Friday it is beginning Phase 1/2 clinical trials in Japan of its coronavirus vaccine candidate.

Trials of the vaccine, known as AZD1222, will be conducted at multiple facilities in Japan, targeting 250 subjects, the company said in a release.

The British company is working with Daiichi Sankyo, JCR Pharma and other partners in Japan to make and distribute the vaccine.

Reporting by Rocky Swift and Chris Gallagher in Tokyo; Editing by Tom Hogue