An editor for The New York Times who contributed to work that earned the newspaper a Pulitzer for its COVID-19 pandemic coverage passed away earlier this month one day after he received his COVID-19 booster shot.
Carlos Tejada, the Times’ deputy Asia editor, posted to his now-private Instagram page that he had received his booster shot on December 16, only to pass away of a heart attack the following day.
The Times reported that the 49-year-old father passed away in a hospital in Seoul. His wife told the paper it was a heart attack.
“Mr. Tejada was the China news editor for The Wall Street Journal when The Times hired him in 2016 to be its Asia business editor. He was named deputy Asia editor last year, originally based in Hong Kong,” his obituary reads.
“That year he contributed to The Times’s Pulitzer-winning coverage of the Covid-19 crisis, editing an article about how China had censored online news and opinion about the coronavirus early in the pandemic,” it says. “The Pulitzer board cited it among others in awarding The Times the prize for public service.”
According to what was previously publicly available on his Instagram page, Tejada wrote, “Double-vaxxed. Janssen-fueled, Moderna-boosted. Hey, Omicron: Hit me with your wet snot.”
As former Times health reporter Alex Berenson noted on his Substack publication, Tejada also noted that he’d filled out a form in “a language I can’t read,” i.e. Korean. Berenson pointed out that this would mean he did not technically give informed consent to the booster shot, and that studies currently do not exist on the safety of combining different types of vaccines (Tejada initially took the Johnson & Johnson).
The Times’ obituary made no mention of his booster shot.
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