SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA) – South Korean authorities will be investigating the death of two people who were given AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. According to media reports the pair – both with pre-existing conditions – died within days of receiving the shots.
A 63-year-old nursing home patient with cerebrovascular disease developed symptoms, including high fever, reported Yonhap news agency. The person was moved to a larger hospital on Tuesday, but died after showing symptoms of blood poisoning and pneumonia, Yonhap said.
Another person in their 50s with a cardiac disorder and diabetes died on Wednesday after suffering multiple heart attacks, having received the same vaccine a day earlier, the agency said.
An official with the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) told media it was investigating the cause of the deaths, but did not elaborate or confirm the details of the media report.
South Korea began vaccinating its population last week. By Tuesday midnight, 85,904 people had received first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,524 had been given Pfizer shots, KDCA said in a statement.
South Korea reported 444 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, up from 344 on Monday, raising the country’s tally to 90,816 infections, with 1,612 deaths.