TOKYO, March 8 Japan's health ministry said on
Tuesday it would continue suspending the use of vaccines made by
Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and Sanofi-Aventis SA (SASY.PA) that prevent
meningitis and pneumonia, after a meeting of an expert panel.
The ministry halted the use of the vaccines in response to
the deaths of four children shortly after receiving the vaccines.
The expert panel found no clear direct link between the
vaccines and the deaths but said further studies were needed,
Kyodo news agency said. A health ministry official said the
suspension would continue but declined to comment further.
(Reporting by Chisa Fujioka; Editing by Edmund Klamann)