Experts to announce death cases after jab only if ‘potential’ links found

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A community vaccination centre at the Hong Kong Central Library

The expert panel tasked to review adverse clinical events after Covid-19 vaccination said on Tuesday that it will only announce the deaths of inoculated people if there is a “potential association” with the jab.

In a statement, the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following Covid-19 Immunisation said that it will publish reports monitoring the safety of these vaccines every month starting July.

These reports and relevant statistics will also be released through the government’s designated website.

The panel also said that the Department of Health received only one report between May 17 and 30 that fits the criteria of a serious adverse event after immunisation: the death of a 44-year-old Indonesian domestic worker on May 21.

Preliminarily autopsy results and clinical information revealed that she had ischaemic heart disease.

Based on preliminary findings, the panel initially assessed that her death was not associated with the BioNTech jab she received nine days prior.