The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said that the Philippines’s Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doses were free from contamination after stainless steel contaminants were found in some vials in Japan.

FDA chief Eric Domingo said the Moderna vaccine lots the Philippines had received were not included in the contaminated batches.

“Fortunately, iyon pong kinonfirm naman natin iyong mga doses na idineliver dito sa Pilipinas ay hindi po kasama doon sa batches under investigation, and so far, wala naman pong nakikita na any findings to show effects on safety and efficacy even of the iyon pong mga nakita nila sa Japan,” Domingo said in a Laging Handa briefing.

Domingo stressed that the Philippines would continue using Moderna vaccines.

“Dito po sa atin ay tuloy po ang paggamit ng Moderna vaccine. At this time there’s no reason to stop it at iyon lang, ipinapaalala lang natin sa mga vaccinators natin iyong importance talaga ng inspection of the vials prior to aspiration at saka injection,” he said.

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.

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