Third man in Japan died after receiving recalled Moderna vaccine

Japan Times -- Sep 07
A 49-year-old man in Japan died last month after he was given a dose of Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine that was among batches later recalled from use by its local distributor, the health ministry said Monday.

Moderna and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said last Wednesday they would recall three lots of the vaccine after stainless steel contaminants were found in some vials.

The man’s dose came from one of the three lots that had also contained doses used on two men in their 30s who died in Japan after receiving their second shots in August, the ministry said. No foreign matter has been confirmed in either of the vials.

The 49-year-old man, who was allergic to buckwheat, received his second shot on Aug. 11 and his death was confirmed on the morning of the following day, according to the ministry.