Moderna withdraws doses of its vaccine in Japan due to “contamination”

Tokyo – Reuters

Moderna and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Wednesday they are working with Japanese authorities to recall three batches of their COVID-19 vaccine after an investigation found stainless steel contaminants in some vials.
Last week, the Japanese authorities stopped using those batches of Moderna’s vaccine, which contained 1.63 million doses, after being notified of the contamination issue.
On Wednesday, the Japanese Ministry of Health said, based on information from investigations by the companies involved, that it does not believe that the stainless steel particles pose any additional health risks. Moderna said contamination with stainless steel may have occurred during production.
Moderna said in a joint statement with Makeda that the most likely cause of contamination is the friction between two pieces of metal in the machine that puts the stoppers on the flasks. It has been confirmed that the material is stainless steel.

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