Japan Suspends 2 Vaccines

A safety panel is convening in Japan to investigate the connection between two widely used vaccines -- Pfizer's Prevenar and Sanofi Pasteur's ActHIB -- and the deaths of five children in the past month. Japan's health ministry has ordered doctors to stop immunizing infants with the vaccines while investigation proceeds.

The vaccines are commonly given to infants around the world.

CNN reports:

“Pfizer estimates it has distributed more than 360 million doses of [Prevenar], which is available in more than 100 countries around the world and part of the routine childhood immunization schedule in more than 50 countries. In Japan, 2 million doses have been administered.”

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