There were two cases of death after vaccination on the 6th day, the sixth day of vaccination for a new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) in Korea. The causal relationship with vaccination has not been confirmed. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Commissioner Jeong Eun-kyung opened an unscheduled briefing and directly explained the death case through media reports.
As of 0 o’clock on the 3rd, a total of 87428 people were vaccinated against Corona 19 in Korea. Over two days a day, 63,644 people were vaccinated. So far, a total of 209 cases (53 new cases) have been reported as being suspected of adverse reactions after the COVID-19 vaccination.
Chung said, “There were three suspected cases of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), and 204 mild cases such as headache, fever, nausea, and vomiting, and two death cases were reported and are being investigated.”
Regarding the case of death after vaccination, Chung emphasized, “We will investigate quickly and disclose the results promptly.” He said, “Currently, the KCDC is conducting an epidemiological investigation with the local government.” Explained.
According to the Korean National Disease Administration and Goyang City, the first dead, Mr. A, was a man in his 50s. Mr. A, who was hospitalized in a nursing hospital in Dong-gu, Ilsan, Goyang City, received the AstraZeneca vaccine at around 9:30 am on the 2nd. After 11 hours of vaccination, symptoms such as chest pain, nausea, and shortness of breath occurred and recovered after receiving emergency treatment. However, he died of a sudden cardiac arrest at 7 am on the 3rd. Mr. A, who died, suffered from underlying diseases such as stroke, kidney disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease.
B (63), the second deceased, was a patient who was admitted to a nursing hospital in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do, with cerebrovascular disease. B said that the patient was vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine at 2:30 pm on the 27th of last month, and then showed abnormal symptoms such as fever and systemic muscle pain from 10:30 pm the next day. After that, Mr. B wanted to see if his condition improved, but it worsened again. On the 2nd, the nursing hospital transferred Mr. B to a hospital in Pyeongtaek. After showing symptoms such as sepsis and pneumonia, he died around 10 am on the 3rd. A hospital official who treated Mr. B said, “I directly see sepsis due to the underlying disease as a cause of death.”
Experts pointed out that vaccination should be done carefully in patients with unconscious condolences or terminally ill patients in nursing hospitals before the start of vaccination in Korea. Ma Sang-hyuk, vice president of the Korean Society of Vaccines, said, “If you vaccinate patients on the verge of death and then die, it can create anxiety about the vaccine, just like last year’s flu (influenza) vaccine crisis. You have to decide on the vaccination carefully.”
Regarding this, Commissioner Chung said, “Since nursing hospitals have been in bed for a very long time and there are elderly patients with many underlying diseases, I asked them to pay attention to those parts when performing the pre-examination.” In the case of medical reasons, such as, the end of life is imminent, or the general condition is poor, even if vaccination is desired, it can be excluded.”
“Currently, more than 200 million people have been vaccinated worldwide, and many countries are producing a lot of analysis results on adverse reactions after vaccination.” After going through individual reviews, we will judge whether there is an adverse reaction and whether it is causal.”
The Agency for Disease Control and Prevention investigates similar symptoms for those who received the vaccine with the same vaccine and serial number to check for abnormalities in the vaccine itself, and whether there were any errors in the vaccination process. Will confirm. Commissioner Chung said, “What kind of symptoms or test findings were shown, and whether the cause of death could be explained by other factors, etc., we will make a clinical and comprehensive investigation and make a judgment on the causal relationship.” Added. The body of the deceased is expected to be subjected to an autopsy.
Commissioner Chung said, “It is not easy to understand the causality of the new vaccine, the Corona 19 vaccine,” and said, “We will transparently disclose information about the results of the damage investigation team’s deliberation.”
There is a possibility that controversy about the safety of the vaccine may arise as cases of death after vaccination on that day emerge. Commissioner Chung suddenly held a briefing on the day and explained the death case in person, which is interpreted with the intention of early blocking the spread of anxiety about the vaccine.
Commissioner Chung said, “There have been many reports of deaths from underlying diseases or other causes after vaccination in countries around the world, but as a result of the investigation, there have been no cases of death from Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines that are currently being used. I hope you don’t avoid vaccinations with your child.”
According to the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention, AstraZeneca received 3 million doses and Pfizer 6.6 million doses by January 31st. There were 11,748 cases of AstraZeneca adverse reactions and 90 deaths after vaccination. Pfizer adverse reactions occurred in 2319 cases and 143 deaths. Inoculation deaths have also been reported in countries where vaccinations were started before us, such as Germany (105) and Norway (81). Commissioner Chung said with encouragement that none of these have been confirmed as deaths from vaccinations.
Kim Woo-joo, a professor of infectious medicine at Kodae Guro Hospital, said, “There must be a basic mortality rate at which chronically ill patients die in a nursing hospital. You can compare the mortality rate before vaccination with the mortality rate after vaccination. If there is no big difference, it can be viewed as OBI Rock.” Professor Kim said, “It is important to investigate quickly and inform them clearly. If it is late, the rumors will be expanded and reproduced, so the disease agency should investigate and inform them as soon as possible. He pointed out that there is a high degree of distrust in AstraZeneca, but if the announcement is delayed, misunderstanding may occur.”
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