South Korea is giving the seasonal flu vaccine to millions to ward off any complications with COVID-19.

At least 13 South Koreans have died after receiving flu shots in recent days, according to official and local media reports, fuelling doubts about vaccine safety even as authorities rule out a link and as global efforts to find a vaccine against COVID-19 intensify.

Health authorities said on Wednesday there were no plans to suspend the programme to inoculate approximately 19 million people for free after a preliminary investigation into six deaths found no direct connection with the vaccine they had received.

No toxic substances had been found in the vaccines and at least five of the six people investigated had underlying conditions, officials said.


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