March 09, 2021 12:32
Health authorities have concluded that eight of the dozen people who have died after their coronavirus inoculation here were not killed by the vaccine but their pre-existing illnesses.
Kim Joong-gon at the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said, "Most of those who died suffered from chronic illnesses, so we strongly believe they died due to worsening symptoms of their diseases rather than the vaccine."
Health officials met Sunday to assess the adverse reactions and tentatively concluded that none of the eight showed symptoms of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reaction.
But health authorities decided to perform autopsies on four patients who had been hospitalized for a long time, which makes it difficult to determine the degree of their existing illnesses.
About 380,000 people have so far been vaccinated, and 4,851 reported adverse reactions such as fever, headaches and muscle pain.
Although a direct comparison is difficult since the overall number of injections remains small, the incidence of side effects appears relatively high compared to ordinary flu vaccinations.
But medical experts said these figures alone are inconclusive since many of those who have been vaccinated so far are in a high-risk group.
On Tuesday morning, two more deaths after vaccination were reported, while the daily tally of new infections rose to over 400 again as more than 50 cases were reported at an abattoir in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province.
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