UPDATE from Reuters and other sources: Two die in Japan after shots from suspended Moderna vaccines - Japan govt
TOKYO, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Two people died after receiving Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine shots that were among lots later suspended following the discovery of contaminants, Japan's health ministry said on Saturday. The men in their 30s died this month within days of receiving their second Moderna doses, the ministry said in a release. Each had a shot from one of three manufacturing lots suspended on Thursday. The causes of death are being investigated.
Memes are popular on social media. Like me, I'm sure you've seen some that make you laugh out loud, some that make you cringe, others that simply ring true to some aspect of your life. I read one this week, but didn't get a snap of it. It said (and I paraphrase) "They aren't conspiracy theories, they're spoilers." How's that for sharp?
I've been trying to read between the lines with everything these days. I look for "weasel words" that deflect blame, obfuscate, and sometimes outright lie, with finesse. Several vaccination centers have reported that vaccine vials contained foreign matter, according to an announcement from the ministry, which added it will seek to minimize the impact of the withdrawal on the country's inoculation program. The ministry said later in the day that the substance that had been mixed in may have been metal. "It's a substance that reacts to magnets," a ministry official said. "It could be metal."https://asia.nikkei.com
The Japanese ministry said the substance "reacts" to magnets. Does that mean it attracted or repelled? How was it tested? Three types of metals interact with magnetic fields: ferromagnetic, paramagnetic and diamagnetic metals. Ferromagnetic metals are strongly attracted to magnets; the rest are not. Magnets also attract paramagnetic metals, but very weakly. Diamagnetic metals repel the magnet, though the force is typically very weak.
Do you recall the "reports" that the Covid vaccine was making magnets stick to recipient's arms? Balderdash? Poppycock? Horsepucky? Conspiracy theory? Can we wonder if there were undetected pieces of metal in those vaccines too? And the dismissal: Reuters: CORRECTION-Fact Check-'Magnet test' does not prove COVID-19 jabs contain metal or a microchip
Correction Jun 25, 2021: An earlier version of this check incorrectly described the mechanism of MRI scans and gave an incomplete account of the weak magnetic interactions relating to the human body. These sentences have been removed as they have no bearing on the verdict of the check. This article has also been updated to clarify that not all metals are magnetic. Vaccines for COVID-19 do not contain metals or microchips that make recipients magnetic at the site of injection, physics and medical experts have told Reuters.The flawed claim was made in a series of viral videos claiming to show magnets attracted to the arms of alleged jab recipients. Several clips said the supposed phenomenon was proof that people were microchipped
I got the meme shown below in our photo from a "friend of ours" just last night. Seems it's missing something. This week, Japan announced that there may have been metal fragments in some lots of the Moderna vaccine. If this were any other product, a product with even a modicum of liability, it would be recalled. The optics of offering a product tainted with anything, let alone metals, would be a debacle for any PR department. Any PR department EXCEPT the one in a vaccine company, and certainly in a company making a vaccine for Covid.
The foreign substance detected in dozens of vials of Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine in Japan is thought to have been tiny pieces of metal, but experts have dismissed concerns over significant health problems, saying that the chance of the foreign material actually entering the body is low.
The foreign substance was identified in 39 unused vials, all of which had the lot number 3004667, at eight workplace and large-scale inoculation sites in five prefectures — Aichi, Ibaraki, Gifu, Saitama and Tokyo — with the first discovery having come on Aug. 16. The government on Thursday decided to halt the use of vials belonging to that lot number — as well as those with the lot numbers 3004734 and 3004956, which were produced around the same time and at the same facility — affecting a total of 1.63 million shots....