A teenager with no underlying health conditions died in South Korea after having received a Covid-19 Pfizer shot, authorities have reported, saying it’s the first such case of a vaccinated minor dying.
A probe into the teenager’s death has been launched, the country’s major news agency Yonhap reported on Saturday, citing health authorities. The unnamed child was a high schooler who was vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in mid-August.
Authorities stated that the teenage vaccine recipient died from natural causes in September. Officials said that the death is the first fatality among teenage vaccine recipients.
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Health officials from the US investigated the case of the unnamed 13-year old who had received a second dose of the coronavirus vaccine and died just three days later. An international group of doctors from Singapore wrote an open letter to US officials requesting that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stop inoculating youths.
In South Korea, high school seniors and those aiming to attend national college entrance exams have been receiving Covid-19 vaccines since July. Recently, minors aged between 12 and 17, as well as pregnant women were included in the regional inoculation program, in a bid to increase vaccination coverage in the country. Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, KDCA announced that approximately 2.75 million teens would now be able get immunized using the Pfizer BioNTech shot based on mRNA.
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