Foreign substances have been discovered in five unused vials of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine near Tokyo, Japan, and one in Osaka prefecture, officials said on Tuesday.
According to the Kyodo news agency, the cities of Sagamihara, Kamakura, and Sakai said the vials containing the white floating substance belonged to the same Pfizer vaccine lot. He requested that Pfizer should review the ingredients in the vials.
Officials told Kyodo this week that contaminants were found at several sites in Sagamihara, a site in Kamakura and a site in Sakai. Officials had identified the Pfizer lot number as FF5357.
He said Pfizer supplements containing the foreign substance were not used.
Pfizer officials from Japan said at a news conference on Wednesday that the case is likely material that hasn’t been completely disbanded, Mainichi Daily News reported. The firm said it did not affect the quality or safety of the vaccine. The Epoch Times has contacted the company for comment.
Several weeks ago, the Japanese health ministry suspended 1.63 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine because of contamination. Weeks later, government officials confirmed in early September that three people had died after receiving a shot from batches that had been suspended since Moderna’s vaccine, which uses the same mRNA technology as Pfizer.
A later investigation revealed that particles of stainless steel had contaminated Moderna’s supplements. Both firms traced it back to a production site in Spain.
“Stainless steel is routinely used in heart valves, joint replacements, and metal sutures and staples. As such, it is not expected that the ingestion of particles identified in these lots in Japan will pose an increased medical risk,” the companies said. Said in his statement.
Takeda Pharmaceutical said in a joint statement with Moderna, “The rare presence of stainless steel particles in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine does not pose an unreasonable risk to patient safety and does not adversely affect the benefit/risk profile of the product.” Puts.” at the end of August. Moderna partner, Takeda distributes the vaccine in Japan.
Meanwhile, Moderna and Takeda said they would be recalling several batches of their vaccines because of contaminants. It is unclear whether Pfizer will initiate the recall.
Taro Kono, the minister in charge of Japan’s vaccination campaign, told reporters Friday that nearly 500,000 people have received shots from Moderna’s three suspended batches. Moderna said it could not confirm how many doses were distributed from the batches.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.
Reuters contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times