Coronavirus Update: Japan Probes Deaths After Moderna Vaccine
Causality As Yet Unclear
Government and companies conducting urgent investigation into two deaths in recipients of Moderna vaccine, the causes of which remain unclear at this stage.
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A third death has been reported in Japan following dosing with Moderna's mRNA vaccine and while an investigation is underway, it is not seen as product-related. Takeda has also signed a production and supply deal with Japan's government for Novavax's nanoparticle vaccine.
Takeda and Moderna have identified the source of metallic particles in some lots of mRNA-1273 in Japan, but believe the two deaths identified to be coincidental. Pfizer starts protease inhibitor trial, and Rigel reports fostamatinib data.
Also, Moderna completed the submission of the BLA for mRNA-1273’s FDA approval, Pfizer starts a rolling submission for a booster shot and Brii Biosciences announced data for its two-antibody antiviral cocktail, and Japan withdraws selected lots of Moderna's vaccine over contamination worries.