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Japan finds another Moderna vial suspected to contain foreign substance

Stock MarketsSep 01, 2021 10:25AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan reported a fresh contamination case involving Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA)'s COVID-19 vaccine, the fourth such incident in less than a week, threatening to slow the country's sputtering inoculation campaign.

Kanagawa prefecture said on Tuesday several black particles in one Moderna vaccine vial were found upon checking for foreign substances before its use, and it has put the rest of the lot on hold.

Japan suspended the use of 1.63 million doses https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-withdraws-16-mln-moderna-covid-19-vaccine-doses-over-contamination-nikkei-2021-08-25 of Moderna shots last week after being notified of contamination in some of the supply. Moderna and Spanish pharma company Rovi, which bottles Moderna vaccines, have said the cause could be a manufacturing issue, and European safety regulators have launched an investigation.

Moderna has said no safety or efficacy issues had been identified from the issue. No similar Moderna incident has been reported in other countries.

Kanagawa prefecture said the vaccine's domestic distributor, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, had collected the vial with the suspected contaminant and that about 3,790 people had already received shots from the same lot.

More Moderna shots were temporarily halted in two other regions this week. In some cases, foreign substances have been found in unused vials, whereas others appear to be caused when bits of the vials' rubber stopper break off https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-health-minister-says-okinawa-vaccine-contaminants-likely-needle-stick-2021-08-31 when needles are incorrectly inserted.

Takeda did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Kanagawa incident. The company posted a notice on its website on Wednesday saying that on rare occasions during manufacturing, rubber stopper material can get mixed into the vaccine solution.

Japan's health ministry, citing an investigation by Takeda, said on Wednesday that the vial sent to Kanagawa was from a different lot than the other lots, and rubber stopper material appears to have gone into it during the manufacturing process.

Rovi did not have an immediate comment to a Reuters' request for an update on its investigation.

Medical staff are advised to do a visual inspection of vials for discoloration or foreign materials before use, the notice said.

The contamination incidents come as Japan is battling its worst wave of infections, driven by the Delta variant, with daily infections exceeding 25,000 in August for the first time.

Tokyo reported on Wednesday 3,168 more cases, with NHK citing 20,031 new cases nationwide.

Severe COVID-19 cases are at record levels in Japan, leaving many people to recuperate at home amid a shortage of critical care beds. Only 45.4% of its population has been fully vaccinated, lagging vaccination rates of several developed countries.

Japan finds another Moderna vial suspected to contain foreign substance
 

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dav lo
dav lo Sep 01, 2021 6:50AM ET
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to quantine at hotel at your own cost, or test your immune whether u will die or not
dav lo
dav lo Sep 01, 2021 6:49AM ET
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whatever....alpha beta delta . mother nature changing every second, so whats the deal? whole thing is to rob your money to do this and that testing
Jason Patcher
Jason Patcher Sep 01, 2021 3:13AM ET
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even if your scared of the vaccine - how does anyone's " web of beliefs" or morals or religion permit them to thwart life saving efforts of others?
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Sep 01, 2021 3:13AM ET
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It's called freedom ya commie. The whole take one for the team bit went out the window once they found out that the vaccinated spread the virus just as easily, so save the self-righteous babble. A large % of the population have been infected and have natural immunity, which recent studies out of Israel show is better than vaccine induced immunity.... Update yourself bud.
Larry Langley
Larry Langley Sep 01, 2021 2:44AM ET
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then why did they admit it was their error in needles used attributed to the 2 deaths?
David Palla
David Palla Aug 31, 2021 9:56PM ET
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COVAXIN approve it already *****
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WhatThe Aug 31, 2021 9:52PM ET
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Wasn't it a conspiracy theory that it was going to make you magnetic? Looks like the stories about metallic substances are true!!!
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub Aug 31, 2021 9:52PM ET
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SS 316 is NOT magnetic, lol, most SS is austenitic and therefore not magnetic. and most of metallic implants are made of this metal. that's how all conspiracy theories start.
Jethro Habeenzu
Jethro Habeenzu Aug 31, 2021 9:21PM ET
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stop all vaccine shots from everywhere till a safe cure is obtained
Jason Patcher
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vaccines are probably safer than driving your car or roller coasters. and even if you were scared why spread your garbage. how does your religion or morals or whatever guides you lead to such evil
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub Aug 31, 2021 9:21PM ET
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I guess by then we are all dead.
Tapanjyoti Roy
Tapanjyoti Roy Aug 31, 2021 8:52PM ET
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must be examined by Japan govt
 
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