WHO probes deaths of five people in Lesotho after being vaccinated

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A team supported by the World Health Organisation is investigating the deaths of five people in Lesotho’s district of  Leribe allegedly after being vaccinated.

The country’s Health Minister Semano Sekatle says the investigation is at an advanced stage.

“We quickly assembled our local team of experts here to do the investigations and then we are also supported by WHO and the AU (African Union) to come with more experts to come and do the investigations.”

Sekatile says preliminary findings say there is no definite link drawn between the vaccination and deaths and therefore could not find any reason to pause ongoing mass vaccinations.

Lesotho has drastically intensified its vaccination process and hopes to reach 70% vaccination herd immunity by December this year.

The southern African country has 14 371 COVID-19 cases and 400 deaths.

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