Five people have died after take vaccine against the flu in South Korea authorities says.
The deaths over the past few days have raised concerns about the safety of the virus in the Asian country, Reuters reported.
South Korea had plans to introduce a large-scale flu vaccine to reduce complications related to Covid-19. Authorities say they do not think the flu vaccine has anything to do with the deaths of the five. However, the investigation is ongoing.
“It is difficult for us to make a clear statement in this regard,” South Korean Assistant Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said in a briefing on Wednesday.
Among the five people who have died after being vaccinated against the flu in the country are a 17-year-old teenager and a 70-year-old man.
Five deaths have also made headlines in South Korean media in the weeks since the nationwide immunization program was suspended due to security concerns.
Officials in the country announced plans last month to produce 20 percent more flu vaccines for the winter than last year. They had plans to vaccinate a total of 30 million people so that health management would not collapse under the pressure of the flu and Covid-19.
But, a free immunization program for 19 million people has been suspended after three weeks, according to Reuters.
Authorities suspended the program after learning that about 5 million doses of the vaccine were kept at normal temperatures when they were taken to a healthcare center, although the doses were supposed to be kept in a cool place.
This year, it has become a global challenge to rely on vaccines or antidotes, as governments in many countries have approved various test vaccines without all the safety and efficacy tests to deal with Covid-19.