Dr. K. K. Aggarwal died May 17 following complications arising from a bout of COVID-19 despite being ‘fully vaccinated.’ One of India’s most eminent cardiologists has died after falling ill with COVID-19 just months after receiving his second shot of the experimental jabs. Dr. K. K. Aggarwal, formerly the President of the Indian Medical Association and head of the Heart Care Foundation India (HCFI), died May 17 following complications arising from a bout of COVID-19 despite being “fully vaccinated,” according to national reports in Indian news. The physician was the recipient of one of India’s most prestigious national awards, the Padma Shri, recognizing his distinguished contribution to the field of medicine in India. Ten days before he died, an official Twitter statement detailed Aggarwal’s admission to “a healthcare facility in Delhi,” the AIIMS hospital, where he was put on ventilation. On May 14, an updated Twitter status notified followers that “Dr. Aggarwal is currently battling a serious bout of COVID-19 infection.” Three days later, members of his team at the HCFI announced the 62-year-old’s death “after a lengthy battle with COVID-19” in an official statement on Aggarwal’s Twitter account.
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