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Japan suspends Moderna jabs over ‘metal contaminants’

A substance present in Moderna vaccine vials could be metal since it reacts to magnets. "It's a substance that reacts to magnets," an official from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said. The ministry has suspended Moderna shots after the substance was detected.

Published: August 27, 2021, 1:49 pm

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    “It could be metal.” The official confirmed that they had “received reports from several vaccination centres that foreign substances have been found inside unopened vials”. Tadeka, the firm in charge of sales and distribution of Moderna in Japan, said it had informed Moderna and “requested an urgent investigation”.

    “Upon consultation with the health ministry, we have decided to suspend the use of the vaccine” from Thursday, it added.

    Top government spokesperson Katsunobu Kato asked people to “consult their physicians if they experience any abnormality”. Contaminants were discovered at at least eight vaccination locations in central Japan, including Tokyo, according to national broadcaster NHK. Contaminated doses were administered between 6 and 20 August at its mass vaccination centre in the western city of Osaka.

    Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters, “I have been briefed by the health ministry that it will not have a significant impact,” when asked about the possibility of disrupting Japan’s vaccination program.

    In June, a Spanish website La Quinta Columna revealed a report of the analysis of a vaccination vial. It was written and signed by Prof. Dr. Pablo Campra Madrid of the University of Almeria, Spain, concluding that the vial contained graphene oxide which is “highly toxic and harmful to health”.

    On their official Telegram channel, the Spanish team have collected many relevant papers and news to inform those who reach them of the dangers of this component.

    The inventor of mRNA vaccines Robert Malone, suggested that what happened to the Moderna vials in Japan should “help get to the bottom of the graphene hypothesis” after the news of the withdrawal of 1,63 million Moderna jabs in Japan.

    Moderna meanwhile said a production line fault at a contract manufacturing facility in Spain was responsible.

    Spain signed up to produce “hundreds of millions” of doses of the Moderna product. In April, a Spanish company revealed that it would begin producing in bulk — in addition to bottling doses — from its plant in Grenada, Spain. Previously, the manufacturer had received the active vaccine ingredient from Switzerland.

    Moderna denied any safety issues related to the contaminated vaccines. It was “proactively communicating with Japan’s health authorities and its partners as the investigation proceeds,” the company said. The company “remains committed to working transparently and expeditiously with its partner, Takeda, and regulators to address any potential concerns”.

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