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South Korea Probing Two Deaths After AstraZeneca Vaccine Jab

Two people in South Korea, with pre-existing conditions, who died after taking the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, have triggered an investigation by the Korean government, according to media reports.

A 63-year-old nursing home patient with cerebrovascular disease developed symptoms, including high fever, after being given the AstraZeneca vaccine, Yonhap news agency reported. 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 Reuters it was investigating the cause of the deaths, but did not elaborate or confirm the details of Yonhap’s report.

An AstraZeneca spokeswoman in Seoul said the company had no comment at present.

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.

About 85,904 South Koreans had received first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,524 had been given Pfizer shots, KDCA said in a statement.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: AsiaOne | Valentina Petrova/ AP

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