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18-year-old Taiwanese woman dies after BNT shot, student with myocarditis improving

Middle school student developed myocarditis following BNT jab

Health care worker extracts BNT dose from vial. 

Health care worker extracts BNT dose from vial.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An 18-year-old woman has died following her inoculation with the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) vaccine, and a middle-school student is recovering from myocarditis after receiving a BNT jab.

Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) on Tuesday (Nov. 16) said that on Monday (Nov. 15), six people were reported to have died following vaccination. Among these cases, the youngest was an 18-year-old woman with a history of cancer.

After receiving a dose of the BNT vaccine on Sept. 29, she began to experience side effects that day. On Nov. 9, she began to experience upper abdominal pain and was admitted to an emergency room.

She underwent surgery to treat the condition on Nov. 13 but died on Nov. 15. Chuang said that the center is assisting the family in applying for financial compensation.

A total of 117 adverse reactions to vaccines were reported on Monday, of which 59 were "non-serious," 52 were "serious," and six were deaths.

In addition, a member of the media asked about an update on the status of a female middle school student who had developed myocarditis after a BNT shot.

Chuang said that she is still hospitalized but no longer requires extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. However, her family did not wish to disclose additional details about her medical condition.

On Nov. 10, the CECC announced that a panel of experts had decided to stop administering second doses of the BNT vaccine to children between the ages of 12 and 17. The vaccinations were suspended after 16 cases of myocarditis were reported among adolescents following BNT vaccination.