Japan Suspends Use of Pfizer/Sanofi Vaccine

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the pediatric vaccine, Prevnar which is made by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Sanofi Aventis, has been temporarily suspended in the Japanese market due to fears it could be linked to the deaths of four children.

The children ranges from six months to two years old and it has been reported that they died after being treated with Prevnar. The results of the investigation are due to be released on March 8th . It seems a similar case was reported in 2009 when three infants died in the Netherlands around the time of vaccination.

A spokeswoman from Pfizer stated that the pharmaceutical company, “thoroughly evaluates all reported cases and works closely with health authorities to determine if there is any association with use of our medicines and vaccines.”

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