The Government of Japan reported this Saturday the death of two people after being vaccinated with one of the batches of Moderna from Spain that were blocked after contamination was detected in some doses, without it being known at the moment if there is a connection between these events.
“There have been two cases of deaths after vaccination with one of the corresponding batches produced in the same factory and in the same period “, The Japanese Ministry of Health said in a statement published this Saturday.
One of the two deaths has been reported “as a possible reaction to the vaccine”, and the other was registered after the Japanese authorities paralyzed the use of the lots in question.
The Japanese Ministry considers that both cases could be “suspected” of being a reaction to the vaccine, although it specifies that at the moment it is unknown if there is a direct connection between deaths and vaccination.
The Japanese Ministry has been reporting all deaths in vaccinated people “in order to provide transparency” to its system for monitoring the safety of anticovid drugs, noting that “will assess and study the relationship and possible causes” of deaths in a committee of experts.
After detecting anomalous substances in several dozen vials of Moderna produced in Spain, the Japanese authorities announced last Thursday the precautionary blockade of 1.63 million doses from the same Spanish plant, which some patients were to be used or had already been inoculated.
The Spanish company Rovi is the main supplier from the Asian country of Moderna’s vaccine, distributed in Japan by the local company Takeda.
Detection of abnormal particles in some of the vials affects a batch of the product “exclusively distributed in Japan”, Rovi said last Thursday in a statement addressed to the National Securities Market Commission.
Most of the blocked lots had already been distributed to mass vaccination centers in Japan, companies and other organisms in charge of the inoculation, and a part of the doses had already been used in patients, according to the Japanese authorities, who have not given specific data on how many people would have received vaccines from the blocked games.