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Two die in Japan after shots from contaminated Moderna vaccines

| Updated: August 28, 2021 18:15:40


Medical staff prepares Moderna coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine to be administered at the newly-opened mass vaccination centre in Tokyo, Japan on May 24, 2021 — Reuters/Files Medical staff prepares Moderna coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine to be administered at the newly-opened mass vaccination centre in Tokyo, Japan on May 24, 2021 — Reuters/Files

Two people died after receiving Moderna Covid-19 vaccine shots that were among lots later suspended following the discovery of contaminants, Japan's health ministry said on Saturday.

The men in their 30s died this month within days of receiving their second Moderna doses, the ministry said in a release. Each had a shot from one of three manufacturing lots suspended on Thursday. The cause of the deaths is still being investigated, reports Reuters.

Japan halted the use of 1.63 million Moderna doses shipped to 863 vaccination centres nationwide, more than a week after the domestic distributor, Takeda Pharmaceutical, received reports of contaminants in some vials.

The government and Moderna had said no safety or efficacy issues had been identified and the suspension was just a precaution.

The contaminant is believed to be metallic particles, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported, citing health ministry sources.

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