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Washington, DC 20549

Foreign private issuer report

In accordance with article 13a-16 or 15d-16 of

the 1934 Stock Exchange Act

For the month of September 2021

Commission file number: 001-38757


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Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8668


(Address of the main executive offices)

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In accordance with the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the declarant has duly caused this report to be signed on his behalf by the undersigned, being duly authorized for this purpose.

Date: September 1, 2021 Through: / s / Norimasa Takeda
Norimasa Takeda

Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller

Joint statement

Moderna and Takeda Joint Statement on Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Suspended Lots Investigation in Japan

Osaka, Japan, September 1 This statement updates the separate announcement from August 26, 2021, JST, in which Takeda announced the suspension of the use of three lots of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for intramuscular injection in Japan following reports from sites in Japan. vaccination of a potential foreign particulate matter found in vials. It also updates the joint statement of August 28, 2021, in which Takeda and Moderna confirmed being notified of the deaths of two people, both of whom received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in Japan from one of three batches. .

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), Moderna, the vaccine manufacturer, ROVI Pharma Industrial Services, SA in Spain, the European contract manufacturing organization of Moderna, and Takeda, the authorized distributor, have carried out a thorough investigation, which includes:

Identification of the root cause of the particles and the corrective and preventive actions taken;

An evaluation of the nature of a particle from a vial of lot 3004667; and

An associated medical safety assessment, to determine if the identified particle poses a risk to health or safety.

Root cause investigation and corrective and preventive actions

Three lots of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (lots 3004667, 3004734 and 3004956) have been suspended following reports of vaccination sites of a potential foreign particulate matter observed in unused vials of lot 3004667.

According to the root cause analysis report, carried out by ROVI, the most probable cause of the particles identified in lot 3004667 is related to the friction between two pieces of metal installed in the plugging module of the production line due to wrong setting. The two parts are the star wheel and the plug feeder part that feeds the plugs into the star wheel. This condition is believed to have occurred during the assembly of the line prior to production of batch 3004667 and was the result of incorrect alignment during a line change prior to the start of this batch.

According to the analysis carried out by ROVI, the manufacturing problem only impacted the batches included in the suspension. The following measures have been taken by ROVI to correct and prevent future defects:

Complete inspection of the production line;

Improvement of the standard operating procedure for the change of production line; and

Definition of alert inspection limits in automatic visual inspection, as internal process control.

Takeda, as the Marketing Authorization Holder in Japan, plans to initiate the recall of the three suspended lots 3004667, 3004734 and 3004956 from the market effective September 2, 2021, in consultation with the MHLW and reported to Osaka Prefecture. Moderna, as the holder of the global marketing authorization, fully agrees with this decision.

Preliminary particle analysis

According to Moderna’s independent analysis, the particle in lot 3004667 was thoroughly analyzed and found to be grade 316 stainless steel. This is consistent with the root cause determination described above. Grade 316 is a high quality stainless steel commonly used in manufacturing and food processing.

Current medical safety assessment

After a health assessment conducted by Moderna and Takeda, the rare presence of stainless steel particles in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine does not pose an undue risk to patient safety and does not adversely affect the benefit / risk profile of the product.

Metal particles of this size injected into a muscle can cause a local reaction, but they are unlikely to cause other side effects beyond the local injection site. Stainless steel is commonly used in heart valves, joint prostheses, and metal sutures and staples. As such, injection of the particles identified in these lots in Japan is not expected to result in an increased medical risk.

Investigation of two deaths following administration of a vaccine

At this time, there is no evidence that the two tragic deaths following the administration of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (lot 3004734) were in any way related to the administration of the vaccine. The relationship is currently considered a coincidence. It is important to conclude a formal investigation to confirm this. The investigation is being conducted with the utmost sense of urgency, transparency and integrity and is of the highest priority.

To date, more than 200 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to more than 110 million people in 45 countries, which is a critical part of the global fight against COVID-19.

For updates and additional resources on the COVID-19 vaccination program in Japan, please visit the official COVID-19 information center.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502 / NYSE: TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discovering and delivering life-transforming treatments, guided through our commitment to patients, our staff and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts in four therapeutic areas: oncology, rare genetics and hematology, neuroscience and gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted investments in R&D in plasma-derived therapies and vaccines. We are focused on developing highly innovative medicines that help make a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a pipeline. robust and diverse. Our employees are committed to improving the quality of life for patients and working with our healthcare partners in approximately 80 countries. For more information, visit

Media contacts:
Japanese media

Tsuyoshi Tada

+81 (0) 3-3278-2093

Tatsuhiro Kanoo

+81 (0) 3-3278-3634

Media outside Japan

Matthew Henson

+ 1-917-930-7147

For Moderna media inquiries:

Colleen Hussey

+ 1-617-335-1374

Forward-looking statements

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