Update (1300ET): Moderna has issued a statement addressing the disturbing number of severe reactions to a batch of its COVID vaccine:
Moderna acknowledges receiving a report from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that several individuals at one vaccination center in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions after vaccination from one lot of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine. The Company is fully cooperating with CDPH in investigating these reported adverse events. Consistent with the statement from CDPH, at this point
Moderna is unaware of comparable clusters of adverse events from other vaccination centers which may have administered vaccines from the same lot, or from other Moderna lots. Moderna confirmed that a total of 1,272,200 doses were produced in batch number 041L20A, with nearly a million doses (964,900) already distributed to approximately 1,700 vaccination sites in 37 states. According to CDPH, that includes more than 330,000 doses from this lot distributed to 287 providers across the state of California. A total of 307,300 doses remain in storage and not yet distributed.
While Moderna said it does not know how many doses may have ended up in arms of people, it did report that the lot was shipped between January 4th and January 8th, and thus it expects that a significant portion of the distributed doses have been already used. This investigation is still ongoing and Moderna is working closely with FDA and CDC to understand the clinical cases and whether the broad pause in use of the lot is warranted.
Moderna's share price is down around 4% after this news...
We wonder how the Biden administration will respond to this.
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As the suspected death toll attributed to COVID-19 vaccines rises around the world, with dozens already reported in the US and Norway, California health officials have asked health-care providers in the state to immediately stop administering a batch of Moderna COVID-19 jabs after an "unusually high number" of adverse reactions were linked to it, according to RT.
On order of State epidemiologist Dr. Erica S. Pan and the California Department of Public Health, the vaccines should be shelved until a proper investigation can be conducted. The lot in question is Moderna Lot 041L20A.
Message to #CovidVaccine providers:— Shawna Khalafi (@ShawnaKhalafiTV) January 18, 2021
"This week, a higher-than-usual number of adverse events were reported with a specific lot of #Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic. Fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours." pic.twitter.com/RsaIzd1Gap
More than 330,000 doses from this lot have been distributed to 287 providers across the state.
The shipments arrived in California between Jan. 5 and 12.
All of the reactions appear to be tied to a single community clinic that was administering the batch. The clinic reportedly closed for several hours after a string of adverse reactions occurred.
California has confirmed nearly 3MM COVID cases as of Monday morning,
California COVID-19, By The Numbers:— CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) January 18, 2021
🔹 Confirmed cases to date: 2,942,475
🔹 Note: Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed
More information at https://t.co/TLLUGx7imH. pic.twitter.com/bYSD41PQRL
Officials on Wednesday announced a major expansion of vaccination eligibility guidelines, allowing all residents 65 and older to more quickly qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations. As far as numbers go, more than 330K doses from the same Moderna vaccine batch have been distributed to 287 providers across the state, but this is the first time that health authorities have received reports detailing adverse reactions associated with the lot.
While acknowledging that "less data exists on adverse reactions related to the Moderna vaccine," the state epidemiologist insisted that it’s still rare for vaccines to trigger serious side effects. Moderna, the CDC, and the FDA are reviewing the batch and all relevant medical data.
The COVID-19 jab has been linked to other cases of serious medical emergencies, not just in the US, but in Europe and elsewhere around the world.
In December, a physician in Boston said he suffered one of the worst allergic reactions he’s ever experienced after receiving Moderna’s vaccine, describing the episode as potentially life-threatening, while a doctor in Miami actually died due to a reaction from the vaccine.
Similar cases linked to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been referred to the CDC and FDA for review. According to other reports, Hong Kong’s government-appointed vaccine advisory panel is seeking more data from the Norwegian and German governments on the reported deaths of elderly people after they received.