© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The vials with an adhesive label indicating “COVID-19 / coronavirus vaccine / injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of the Moderna logo that appears in this illustration of October 31st. 2020. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture said it had found another road Modern (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine is suspected to contain a foreign substance and has put the rest of the batch on hold.
In a statement Tuesday, prefectural authorities said a pharmacist found several black particles in a vial when checking for foreign substances before using the vaccine.
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 Modern shots last week after receiving pollution notifications on some supplies. Moderna and Spanish pharmaceutical company Rovi, which packs Moderna vaccines, have said the cause could be a manufacturing problem and European safety regulators have launched an investigation.
Modern has said no safety or effectiveness issues had been identified.
Kanagawa prefecture said the national vaccine distributor, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, had collected the bottle with the suspected contaminant and that some 3,790 people had already received shots from the same batch.
This week more Moderna shots were temporarily stopped in two regions of Japan in what appears to be a separate issue of rubber stopper breaks from the bottles https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-health – minister-says-okinawa-vaccine-contaminants-likely-stick-stick-2021-08-31 when the needles are not inserted correctly.
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