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Japan suspends Moderna vaccine doses after serious contamination breach

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The Japanese health ministry has suspended the use of 1.63million doses of the vaccine after contamination was found in usused vials. They said the contamination was reported from multiple vaccination sites.

Some doses may have been administered although no adverse health effects have been reported, according to officials.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., a Japanese drugmaker in charge of sales and distribution of the vaccine, said they had suspended use of doses as a safety precaution.

The health ministry and the pharmaceutical company did not give details on the contamination or if the doses may have been distributed outside of Japan.

This comes as Japan struggles with soaring cases of the virus.

Daily infections have new hit new highs in many parts of the country and have put the health care system under severe strain.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters the government and Takeda are discussing ways to minimize the impact on Japan’s vaccination progress.

“We will do utmost in order to avoid any impact on vaccination progress, especially at worksites and large-scale centers,” Kato said.

Japan relies on foreign-developed vaccines by Moderna as well as Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

Moderna has been in use across Japan since mid-June.

To date, more than 43 percent of the Japanese population have been fully vaccinated, with daily doses of around one million.

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