The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday assured the public that the Philippines’s Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doses were free from contamination after Japan suspended use of the American vaccine due to contaminants found in some vials.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the assurance during a Laging Handa briefing.

“Here in the Philippines, we inspect lahat ng batches ng bakuna bago natin gamitin at wala tayong nakitang ganiyang kontaminasyon dito po sa ating mga na-deliver na Moderna,” she said.

The DOH official said the Philippines would not halt its Moderna vaccine rollout.

The Philippines has received 4,296,060 to date.

Japan recently announced that it would suspend the administration of some 1.63 million Moderna doses after it found contamination in 39 unused vials.

According to Japan’s minister for administrative reform and regulatory reform Taro Kono, more than 500,000 potentially contaminated doses were administered.

Rovi, the company in charge of bottling Moderna vaccines outside of the US, said “the origin of this manufacturing incident may be in one of Rovi’s manufacturing lines,” and that it had put on hold lots adjacent to the contaminated ones.

As of Saturday, Japan’s health ministry has reported two deaths among individuals who received contaminated shots. John Ezekiel J. Hirro