South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun known as for a probe into the deaths of not less than 30 individuals who died shortly after receiving seasonal flu photographs, stepping up scrutiny after Seoul beforehand denied any hyperlink to the vaccine.
“The authorities ought to totally examine the causal relationship between vaccinations and the deaths and make public the event transparently,” Chung stated on Friday at a gathering of the federal government’s catastrophe and security counter-measure group.
Chung’s assertion got here after the loss of life toll amongst individuals who lately obtained the vaccine greater than doubled between Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon, then continued rising by way of the evening. There have been 25 deaths recorded as of 4pm Thursday, up from 12 earlier within the day, and the toll reached 30 at midnight.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company (KDCA), reportedly informed South Korean lawmakers on Thursday that there was no direct hyperlink between the deaths and the vaccine. Of the primary 25 deaths recorded, 22 concerned folks aged 60 or older, however a 17-year-old boy final week died two days after getting his flu shot.
Chung known as on the KDCA to analyze shortly present the general public with an evidence for the deaths “so that folks can obtain vaccination with out nervousness.”
The spate of deaths comes amid an effort by South Korea’s authorities to supply free flu vaccinations to 19 million folks, together with the aged and youngsters, to keep away from having to deal with each a significant flu outbreak and the Covid-19 pandemic on the similar time. The vaccination program will proceed uninterrupted by the investigation, regardless of the latest deaths and a advice by the Korean Medical Affiliation to droop the photographs for one week.
This system was beforehand halted for 3 weeks after it was revealed that 5 million doses had been transported at room temperature, slightly than being refrigerated as required.
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