Japan announced on Thursday that it was halting use of roughly 1.63 million vaccines after discovering something inside of them that sparked massive concern.
The country’s decision to suspend use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine comes after numerous vials were found to be contaminated.
The country’s health ministry said “foreign materials” were found in at least 390 doses — or 39 vials — of the Moderna vaccine coming from eight vaccination sites, according to The Asahi Shimbun.
Takeda Pharmaceutical, a Japanese drugmaker distributing the Moderna vaccines in Japan, had received reports of contamination from multiple vaccination sites. The health ministry subsequently learned of the matter on Aug. 25, the outlet reported.
“It’s a substance that reacts to magnets … it could be metal,” a ministry official reportedly said, according to Nikkei Asia.
A total batch of 565,400 doses are involved in the reports of contamination and the ministry issued the decision to suspend all doses as a precaution after consulting with Takeda. It also suspended another two batches.
The three batches altogether contain 1.63 million vaccine doses, which have been distributed to 863 vaccination centers across the country. The ministry will request that the centers not use them.
Officials said that an unknown number of doses from the affected lot have been administered, but there have been no reported adverse effects thus far.
Takeda said in a statement that it had asked Moderna to investigate the safety of the vaccine as a matter of emergency. It also shared the batch numbers, which are 3004667, 3004734, and 3004956.
“Moderna confirms having been notified of cases of particulate matter being seen in drug product vials of its COVID-19 vaccine,” Moderna said in a statement. “The company is investigating the reports and remains committed to working expeditiously with its partner, Takeda, and regulators to address this.”
It’s worth noting that all of Japan’s vaccines are being manufactured by a country based out of Spain. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the issue affected supplies of the Moderna vaccine to other countries.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said that the Japanese government is discussing ways to minimize the effect on the country’s vaccination rollout with Takeda.
“We will do [our] utmost in order to avoid any impact on vaccination progress, especially at worksites and large-scale centers,” Kato said.
About 43 percent of the population in Japan has been fully vaccinated; about 50 percent have received at least one dose.
The shocking development comes as the U.S. ramps up its attempts to force people into getting the vaccine despite not yet fully understanding any potential risks – especially for those who are not particularly in danger of becoming seriously ill over COVID-19.
The mainstream media will likely do its best to bury this dangerous discovery in Japan as they are seemingly in cahoots with the government to suppress any potential vaccine hesitancy.
Numerous doctors have spoken out against not only the vaccines, but also the hysteria surrounding the relatively harmless COVID-19 virus but their perspectives have been rapidly censored by the big tech platforms also looking to control the narrative surrounding the vaccine.
Author: Bryan Harley
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