Moderna announces to develop a combination flu, COVID-19 booster vax

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

11th Sep, 2021. 12:40 pm

Moderna is producing a single vaccine that will protect against both COVID-19 and the flu.

The pharmaceutical company said on Thursday that it is working on a potential combination vaccine.

The single-dose vaccine would combine their coronavirus and influenza boosters into a single shot. According to reports, the company plans to have the shot ready and available by the fall.

This month, Moderna also submitted its COVID-19 booster shot to the FDA for approval. The shot would be given six months after the second dose of the vaccine was given to the patient.

At the moment, Moderna’s vaccine is only approved for emergency usage.

Moderna vaccine contamination widen in Japan

Moderna vaccine contamination has widened in Japan with another million doses being temporarily suspended.

Previously millions of Moderna shots were suspended for use after foreign materials were found in batches.

So far, two people have died following shots from affected lots. The suspension of Moderna supplies comes as Japan fights its worst wave of coronavirus yet, due to the contagious Delta variant.

Japan has reported new daily infections surpassing 25,000 this month for the first time amidst an unhurried vaccine drive.

Currently, the reports of vaccine contamination came from Gunma prefecture near Tokyo and the southern prefecture of Okinawa, which stimulated the suspension of two more lots in addition to the 1.63 million doses that were already drawn out last week.

“A tiny black substance was found in a Moderna vaccine vial in Gunma”, an official from the prefecture said, while in Okinawa, “black substances were spotted in syringes and a vial, and pink material was found in a different syringe”.

Whereas Japan’s health ministry has claimed that some of the events may have occurred due to the injection needles being erroneously inserted into vials, breaking off bits of the rubber stopper.

Other ampoules from the vaccine lots can continue to be used, the ministry said on Monday. The contamination cases were followed by a government report that two people died after getting Moderna jabs that were a part of suspended lots.

The government that the suspension is precautionary and no safety or effectiveness issues had been recognized.

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