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11-yr-old girl with chronic diseases dies after COVID vaccination in Japan

The central government building housing the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is seen in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- An 11-year-old girl with severe pre-existing conditions died after receiving coronavirus vaccine shots in April, Japan's health ministry reported on May 13.

    The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare made the report during an expert subcommittee meeting to evaluate vaccine safety.

    According to the ministry, a medical institution attributed the cause of the girl's death to "suspected respiratory failure, heart muscle inflammation and cardiac arrest." However, it was not possible to evaluate the exact cause of death and its causal relationship with the COVID-19 vaccination due to a lack of concrete test results.

    The expert panel concluded that "serious concerns that could affect the vaccination system can't be recognized."

    The 11-year-old received her first coronavirus vaccine on April 7 and the second shot on April 28, according to the health ministry. While she displayed no side effects after the first shot, her condition began to deteriorate the day after the second. She died on April 30.

    The girl had serious chronic diseases including brain paralysis, and had been on an artificial respirator since birth. She had been hospitalized since 2014.

    (Japanese original by Sooryeon Kim, Lifestyle and Medical News Department)

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