Contaminated Moderna Vials in Japan

2 Japanese prefectures suspended use of Moderna shots yesterday after the discovery of more contaminated doses and the report of the deaths of 2 men after receiving their second Moderna jabs, The Japan Times reports.

  • The cause of death of the 2 men, ages 30 and 38, is not known; their second doses were from contaminated batches.

  • Okinawa prefecture halted Moderna shots, while Gunma said it had stopped using doses only from the contaminated lots.

  • Japan suspended use of 3 batches of Moderna vaccine on Thursday after particles were discovered in some vials; the particles are thought to have been pieces of metal, The Japan Times also reports.

There have been 15,800+ COVID-19 deaths in Japan. About 44% of the population is fully vaccinated.

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