The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced that a man in his 40s who had been vaccinated last month had died after a foreign body was found in a part of Moderna's new coronavirus vaccine and about 1.6 million doses were recovered.

The cause of death and the causal relationship with vaccination are unknown, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is investigating in detail.

Since mid-last month, particulate matter has been found in some of the unopened containers of Moderna's vaccine at multiple vaccination sites nationwide, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said this month that fragments of stainless steel manufacturing parts had been mixed in. The results of the survey have been published.



The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, which handles domestic distribution, have already discontinued the use of about 1.61 million vaccines delivered to 900 venues nationwide, saying that the possibility of contamination with debris cannot be denied. We are proceeding with the collection.



The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on the 6th that a 49-year-old man who had been vaccinated with the recovered vaccine last month had died.



The man was vaccinated on the 11th of last month and died on the 12th of the following day.



The man had a buckwheat allergy, but the cause of death is unknown, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to investigate the cause of death in detail and then evaluate the causal relationship with vaccination in a subcommittee made up of experts.



The man was vaccinated with a vaccine that was manufactured in the same process at the same time, although no foreign matter was actually confirmed, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has inoculated the vaccine with the same lot number so far. We are also continuing to investigate the causal relationship with vaccination for two men in their thirties who were confirmed dead.

Expert "Efforts to collect information and carefully evaluate"

Professor Tomohiro Morio of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, who serves as the chairman of the expert group of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, said, "According to a company survey, foreign substances are also used in medical equipment, so even if they enter the body, they will be in the body. It is unlikely that it will affect the patient. At this point, there is insufficient information on the case, so we will continue to collect information and carefully evaluate it. "



In addition, the director of Saitama Children's Medical Center, Okaaki, who is the chairman of the investigation of the subcommittee, said, "We need to continue to carefully investigate and examine the information on reported cases. It is necessary to monitor the overall situation of reports of symptoms with suspected side reactions, including those other than the above. "

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