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1.6M Moderna shots contaminated in Japan

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced early Thursday that nearly 1.6 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were withdrawn following contamination reports. Several vaccination sites reported a foreign matter in the jab vials.

Moderna confirmed receiving "several complaints" of ruined vaccines in Japans, but said the company had not found "safety or efficacy issues." However, out of an "abundance caution" the vaccine lot in question, as well as two adjacent lots have been placed on hold.

"The company is investigating the reports and remains committed to working transparently and expeditiously with its partner, Takeda, and regulators to address any potential concerns," Moderna said in a statement, adding the "manufacturing issue" could have occurred at a plant in Spain.

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