AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after two people died within days of having their Covid vaccines.
Both men were in care homes and had underlying health conditions, according to health authorities in South Korea.
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Investigators said there is no suggestion the jab played a role in the deaths.
The first, a 63-year-old with cerebrovascular disease, developed symptoms including high fever, four days after being given the AstraZeneca jab.
He was moved to a larger hospital on Tuesday but died after showing symptoms of blood poisoning and pneumonia, Yonhap news agency reported.
Another nursing home patient in his 50s, with a cardiac disorder and diabetes died on Wednesday after suffering multiple heart attacks.
He had also received the AstraZeneca vaccine a day earlier, the agency said.
The pharmaceutical company said it was aware of the investigation by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
But added that the safety of the vaccine has been extensively studied in clinical trials with data confirming it is generally well tolerated.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, KDCA director, told a briefing: “KDCA is conducting epidemiological surveys with relevant local authorities…to confirm any link with inoculation.”
But it did not yet confirm any causal relationship to the vaccine, he added.
Jeong said there were no cases of fatalities from receiving Covid-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech.
However, did urge people to take the shot when they are feeling in good health.
The KDCA said that out of the people who had received the coronavirus vaccines, 207 had adverse reactions, including three cases of severe allergic reactions, known as anaphylaxis.
South Korea began vaccinating its population last week.
The latest figures show 85,904 people received first doses of the AstraZeneca jab and 1,524 had been given Pfizer shots, KDCA said.
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.
In the UK, more than 200 people have died after getting a Covid jab, regulators say.
A report published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency states that the most frequent adverse recreations to the jab were sore arms, headaches, chills and fatigue.
The MHRA has received 236 reports of adverse reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that later led to deaths, up to January 31.
Ninety people died shortly after taking the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, while there were another three were the type of vaccine wasn’t specified.
According to the MHRA, most of those who died were elderly or had underlying illnesses.
A summary found: “Review of individual reports and patterns of reporting does not suggest the vaccine played a role in the death.”
Last week, MHRA chief executive Dr June Raine said: “Vaccines are the most effective way to protect against Covid-19 and save lives and prevent serious complications from this terrible virus.
“The data we have collected provides further reassurance that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and continue to meet the rigorous regulatory standards required for all vaccines.
“We remain confident that the benefits of these vaccines outweigh any risks.”
The report also detailed how many of each vaccine has been given out.
There have been 7.1million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 3million of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.