DOJ: Feds investigating whether Novavax vaccine lead to death of 3rd person

HONOLULU — The Justice Department on Tuesday said it is investigating whether the Novavox vaccine led to the death of a 3-year-old boy who was injected with the vaccine in Illinois and who died a week later.

The child was in a medically induced coma in late July and was in intensive care, the DOJ said in a statement released Tuesday.

It did not give more details about the boy or the circumstances of his death.

The investigation is ongoing, the statement said.

The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services released an independent report that found the vaccine caused the death.

In addition to the boy, the CDC found at least two other children in the United States who received the vaccine between August and November of this year.

The CDC said at the time that the vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of serious birth defects, including neural tube defects.