Two men have died in Japan after being vaccinated with coronavirus vaccines from a contaminated batch. Authorities are still investigating whether there is a link between the deaths and the vaccines.
The Japanese Ministry of Health reported that the two men died this month. The thirty-three had received a second heart attack a few days before their death. There is currently no evidence that those doses were contaminated.
On Thursday, the authorities withdrew three batches of vaccines from circulation as a precautionary measure. More than 1.6 million doses have already been sent to 863 immunization centres. Distributor Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has received reports of a “strange thing” in some of the vials. The Japanese broadcaster NHK, based on sources within the Ministry of Health, reported that a metallic substance had been found.
The government has not yet identified any issues with the safety or efficacy of contaminated vaccines. Moderna and Takeda say there is currently no evidence that deaths were caused by contaminated vaccines.
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