Today (21st) 8 o'clock news will focus on the flu vaccine issue.

Health officials said today that nine people have been identified so far that they have died after getting a recent flu vaccine.

From Incheon, Jeonbuk, and Daejeon, to Jeju and the metropolitan area, deaths were reported across the country, and the death was confirmed for the first time among those who paid money and received a vaccine.

The first news, this is Yoo Su-hwan.

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89-year-old man from Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, died at home this morning.

It's been 51 hours since I got the free flu vaccine at a clinic near my home.

He complained of dizziness from yesterday, the day after vaccination, and it was confirmed that he suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.

In Jeju, a man in his 60s died within two days of vaccination.

The day after the vaccination, I felt a sore throat and body aches, and the same night, I was taken to the hospital due to shortness of breath, but finally died.

[Lim Tae-bong/Jeju-do Women's Bureau of Health and Welfare: Considering the presence of underlying diseases such as high blood pressure, we are now undertaking an epidemiological investigation to find out whether there is a clear link between death and vaccination.]

Among paid vaccinations, the first fatalities came out.

A woman in her 50s living in Seoul got a vaccine at a hospital in Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do three days ago, and she was transferred to the hospital for breathing problems and died yesterday, two days after the vaccination, even though she had no underlying disease.

Except for the Incheon high school student, who was the first to die to date, all of them are old and have a common point of dying in a relatively short period of time.

However, the region is also spread across the whole country, including the metropolitan area, Jeonbuk, Daegu, Daejeon, and Jeju, and there are no other similarities.

Autopsies are currently underway for some of the dead.

The death toll of a man in his 70s who died in Daegu among the deaths announced by the health authorities, the city of Daegu said, was a suffocation, far from vaccination.

(Video coverage: Seo Jin-ho, video editing: Kim Jun-hee, VJ: Shin So-young) 

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