South Korea flu jab: Investigation into 13 deaths after vaccine

Published:Thursday, 22 Oct 2020 09:10

South Korea flu jab: Investigation into 13 deaths after vaccine

South Korean authorities have sought to reassure people as the number who have died after being vaccinated against seasonal influenza rose to 13.

The doctor leading an inquiry into the deaths has said he does not believe the vaccine and fatalities are connected.

But trust in the vaccine programme has been dented, and the Korean Medical Association has called for it to be halted until its safety is assured.

So far around 13 million people in South Korea have received the flu jab.

The country launched a free flu vaccination programme for 19 million eligible people last month as the government tries to avoid a mass flu outbreak while it tackles Covid-19..