A third person had died in Japan after being administered with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that came from one of the recalled contaminated batches, Japan authorities confirmed Monday, Sept. 6.
The man, 49, died on August 12 after receiving his second shot a day prior, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare stated, according to ABC News. The only health condition the man had suffered from was an allergy to buckwheat.
While the investigation was being conducted, similar to the previous two deaths of men in their 30s, the Japanese health ministry identified no causal association with the vaccine.
The two patients had no underlying health issues, and they died within days of having the inoculation.
Over the last week of August, Japan announced the postponement of multiple batches of the Moderna vaccines three times due to reports of contamination with foreign substances.
The latest fatality was said to have received the shot recalled from a batch on August 26, which was suspected to be contaminated due to problems at the manufacturing plant in Spain. The other batches were found with fragments of stainless steel or black and pink particles in them.
“This is a tragic event, and the loss of life is something that we take very seriously. We offer our sincerest condolences to their loved ones,” the company said in a statement, per The Guardian.
On September 1, Takeda said on its website that rubber stoppers might break off and leak into the vaccine formulation on rare instances during production.
The Guardian reported that Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the immunization program, more than 500,000 people have been shot with vaccines from the three affected batches.
Pfizer manufactures the majority of the vaccinations used in Japan, yet as of August 26, around 18 million doses of Moderna have been rolled out.
In Japan, about 136 million coronavirus doses have been administered, with 48% of the population fully vaccinated and more than 59% receiving at least one shot.
The country had suffered from large numbers of infections with the delta variant throughout this summer—along with lockdown measures. But for the first time since mid-July, the country on Monday recorded new infection rates that had dropped to below 1,000.