Massive Recall Issued for 2 Million-Plus Vaccines in Japan

Massive Recall Issued for 1 Million-Plus Vaccines in Japan

( – In August, two men died in Japan after receiving potentially contaminated doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Allegedly, multiple batches had contaminants. The country’s health officials responded by issuing a massive recall.

On August 26, Japan suspended the use of roughly 1.6 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. About 800 vaccine sites received doses of that batch. The decision came after officials reportedly found contaminants in 39 vials of the vaccine.

A few days later, health officials also paused the use of about one million more vaccines from two batches. The suspended vaccine lot numbers are 3004667, 3004734, and 3004956.

According to Japan Times, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the health ministry’s top priority is safety.

Moderna released a statement to the press stating it’s investigating reports of contaminants. The company claimed it’s working with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, which distributes the vaccine in the country.

Health officials are conducting an investigation into the deaths of the two men. They say it’s too early to know whether their deaths occurred because of the vaccines.

The ongoing probe in Japan has not impacted the US in any way at this time.

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