DOH says no contamination found in Moderna COVID-19 vaccines delivered to PH

Published August 28, 2021, 7:01 PM

by Analou de Vera

This file photo taken on November 18, 2020 shows a syringe and a bottle reading “Vaccine Covid-19” next to the Moderna biotech company logo. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Department of Health (DOH) said that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by US vaccine maker Moderna will still be used in the country’s vaccination drive after Japan suspended the use of the brand because of “contamination.”

“Here in the Philippines, we inspect lahat po ng batches ng bakuna bago natin gamitin at wala ho tayong nakitang ganiyang kontaminasyon dito po sa ating mga na-deliver na Moderna (we inspect all batches of vaccine before we use them and we have not found any contamination in Moderna vaccines delivered here),” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Saturday, Aug. 28.

“So we are not going to stop the implementation of our Moderna inoculation,” she added.

Reuters reported last Aug. 26 that Japan “suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, more than a week after the domestic distributor received reports of contaminants in some vials.”

As of Aug. 21, there were 4,296,060 Moderna vaccine doses delivered to the Philippines.