“We are suspending the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 (disease) vaccines because foreign substances have been detected in some of them,” It was stated in the local government statement. The move came a day after Japan’s Health Ministry announced it was investigating the deaths of two men who were vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine. Both received doses of a batch whose use in the country was suspended after reports of contamination. The cause of their death is unknown.
The men, aged between 30 and 38, died in early August a few days after receiving a second dose of the vaccine from Moderna, the ministry said. Both received a dose of one of three pending production batches. On Thursday, the Japanese government suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna vaccines, which were delivered to 863 vaccination centers in different parts of the country. The reason was reports of contamination of batches from several production batches.
Regarding the contamination of vaccine doses in Okinawa, local media said that these are not the same batches of vaccine that the government suspended circulation on Thursday. The Ministry of Health reports that it is currently unknown if there is a causal relationship between the death of the spouses and the vaccine.
“Currently, we have no evidence that these deaths were caused by the Moderna vaccine. It is therefore important that an official investigation be conducted to see if there is any link.” It was stated in a joint statement, Saturday, that the Modern and Pharmaceutical Company Takeda is responsible for distributing and selling this vaccine in the country.
The supplier, Spanish drugmaker ROVI, said in a statement on Thursday that it was investigating the cause of contamination of the shipment, which was distributed only in Japan.
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