The country’s health ministry said on Saturday , Two people died in Japan after being administered Moderna Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine jabs that were among the batches later suspended over contamination reports,.
The ministry statement, The deceased people, both men in their 30s, died this month within days of getting inoculated with the second doses of Moderna vaccines.
Each had received a shot from one of the three manufacturing lots of the coronavirus vaccines that were suspended on Thursday. Both had a fever the day after receiving the second dose and died two days following the fever.
This development comes after Japan on Thursday suspended the use of a total of 1.63 million doses of Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccines over a week after the domestic distributor, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co, got reports of contamination in some of the vials.
Takeda and Moderna said in a statement on Saturday. “formal investigation” to determine the connection. “At this time, we do not have any evidence that these deaths are caused by the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine,”
both Moderna and Japan said that no efficacy or safety issue had been spotted and that the move was just a precautionary measure.
Takeda, Moderna confirmed in a statement of being “notified of cases of particulate matter” being observed in drug product vials of its Covid-19 vaccine.
Moderna’s statement added “The company is investigating the reports and remains committed to working expeditiously with its partner, Takeda, and regulators to address this”.
A health ministry official told Takeda first identified the contaminated vials on August 16, and reported the issue to the government on Wednesday.
The contaminants found in some of the vials are believed to be metallic particles, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported, citing health ministry sourc.
Nearly 44 % of Japan’s population is fully vaccinated with the country administering more than 124 million population . As of August 8, as many as 991 people have lost their lives after receiving Pfizer Inc’s vaccine shots and 11 the administration of Moderna vaccine none of the fatalities have been established to have had connections with the injections.