Two suspected deaths have been reported since the inoculation of Medigen vaccine started this week. One is a chronic disease patient, while the other is a drug user. Experts say more investigations, and even an autopsy is needed to determine whether the two incidents are related. With that being said, doctor say COVID-19 vaccines have caused very rare anaphylaxis reactions, which occurred within 30 minutes of receiving the shot.
Two people have died after receiving vaccines on the first day the government started Medigen inoculation. Officials say one had a chronic condition and the other was a drug user, and their death cannot be attributed to the vaccines until autopsies results come out. One domestic expert says amongst 600-plus post-AZ and Moderna deaths in Taiwan, heart disease was ruled the cause of death in the majority of these cases.
Chang Shang-chun, Advisor, Central Epidemic Command Center:” You're asking these people to come for vaccines. If they were going to die anyway, they would still die. So, this is a case of their time being up. Were (these deaths) caused (by the vaccine)? You'll need to do tests to find out.”
Lee Ping-ing, Supervisor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan:” Anaphylaxis always occurs within 30 minutes. If (the reaction) occurs some hours later or two or three days later, you can almost say (death) was most definitely not caused by anaphylaxis.”
However, the expert went on to say vaccines can't cause heart disease but can cause anaphylactic shock. He suggested vaccine takers stay for half an hour after getting vaccinated. In Keelung, a young couple both experienced discomfort after getting Medigen vaccines. The husband's body went limp, with the wife broke out in chills. A doctor says it is unlikely the reactions were caused by the vaccine.
Chou Pai-chien, Pulmonologist, Taipei Hospital:” If you didn't drink enough water or eat enough sugar before getting the vaccine, you may experience low blood glucose issues. It's rare that you would see adverse events happen to a husband and a wife at the same time.”
The doctor also said conclusions can't be drawn because there isn't a large enough sample size of people that have gotten the Medigen vaccine. According to the doctor, there were no serious side effects reported during Medigen's Phase 2 trial and nothing that has happened so far can be considered a danger sign. Therefore, he doesn't recommend stopping Medigen vaccinations.