Just last week, data from a leaked Canadian study revealed that the Moderna jab led to harmful side effects like myocarditis and pericarditis (harmful swelling of the heart) almost 2.5x as often as the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.
The news alarmed millions of Americans who received the Moderna jab, and also rattled Moderna’s stock price, putting a damper on what had been a market-leading bull run.
Since then, critics of the jab have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Now, it looks like the time has finally arrived: Two people died after receiving Moderna vaccine shots that were among lots later suspended following the discovery of contaminants, Japan’s health ministry said on Saturday.
The contaminated batches were first publicized earlier in the week.
The deaths fit the profile of the typical vaccine-induced myocarditis sufferer: the side effects tend to afflict men in their 20s and 30s, Reuters reports. Their deaths occurred within days of receiving a second dose of the jab.