Data show that more than 10 million doses of Modena vaccine have been vaccinated for people aged 12 and over since it was authorized for emergency use in Japan in May.
The Japanese government decided to suspend the use of 1.63 million doses of Modena vaccine in view of reports from multiple vaccination centers that foreign bodies were found in unused Modena vaccine, the Ministry of health, labor and welfare said on the 26th.
Japan reported that since the 16th of this month, foreign bodies have been found in 39 unused modna vaccine bottles at 8 large-scale vaccination centers in Tokyo, Saitama, Ibaraki, Aichi and Gifu counties.
Japanese media reported that the foreign matter found was granular.
Modena vaccine is developed by American pharmaceutical company Modena, and its sales in Japan is in the charge of Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda pharmaceutical industry company. The Ministry of health, labor and welfare received a report from Takeda company on vaccine foreign bodies on the 25th and decided to suspend the use of 1.63 million doses of Modena vaccine from the 26th. These vaccines come from the same production line of a factory in Spain, involving three batches, and have been distributed to 863 vaccination sites in Japan.
According to the Japanese media, among the 1.63 million doses of vaccine, the batch of problem vaccine totaled 565000 doses. However, to be cautious, the use of two batches of vaccines similar to this batch was also suspended.
The Ministry of health, labor and welfare said that so far, it has not received any reports of vaccine damage to the health of vaccinators.
Takeda pharmaceutical industry company said it was entrusting Modena company to carry out an emergency investigation, and it was unable to determine what the foreign body was. In addition, the vaccination certificate contains information such as vaccine production date, place of origin and batch number. Vaccinators can query whether there may be problems with their vaccinated vaccines.
According to Japanese government data, more than 10 million doses of Modena vaccine have been vaccinated for people aged 12 and over since it was authorized for emergency use in Japan in May. The Japanese government has signed a contract with Modena to receive 50 million doses of vaccine by the end of September.