NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Stifling news coming from Norway. The country’s government expressed concern over pfizer’s vaccine safety for the elderly resulting in 29 deaths, up from 23 previously.
This finding led Norway to conclude that the use of the COVID-19 vaccine against the elderly is too risky. Pfizer and BioNTech are also working with the Norwegian government to investigate the case.
“The number of incidents so far has not been alarming and is still in line with expectations,” Pfizer wrote in a statement, as quoted by DetikINET from Bloomberg, Sunday 1/17/2021).
Previously, the number of people who died was 23, but now it is growing by six people. Three of the 23 people who died were patients at the nursing home. Local officials said they died of patient side effects.
The true cause of death has not been revealed, but currently Norway has given at least one dose of the vaccine to 42 thousand people, and is focused on the people most at risk of coronavirus, including the elderly.
Pfizer Vaccine-Related Deaths
So far only vaccines made by Pfizer and BiNTech SE are available in Norway. And in a written statement, the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA) said all of the deaths were related to the Pfizer vaccine.
“There are 13 deaths that have been examined, and we know there are 16 other deaths currently under investigation,” NOMA wrote, quoted Nusadaily.com from detik.com.
“Common reactions to the vaccine include fever and nausea, which may lead to fatal outcomes for some weak patients,” said the chief physician of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA), Sigurd Hortemo.
These 13 elderly patients are at least 80 years old. The Norwegian government doesn’t seem too worried, but they are focusing on adjusting guidelines for patients receiving the Corona vaccine.
So far, reports of allergic reactions due to the use of the vaccine are relatively rare. For example in the U.S., there were only 21 cases during December 14 to 23, out of about 1.9 million people vaccinated using the Pfizer vaccine. (han)