U.S. vaccine worries Norway as 29 elderly people die after receiving shot

18 Janvier, 2021, 17:50 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Norway warns of possible COVID-19 vaccine risks for frail, elderly following deaths

The TGA says at this stage there is no concrete link between those deaths an the vaccine but it is working with Norway and Pfizer seeking more information.

Initially, 23 deaths were reported - all from the age group of over 80 years.

More than 30,000 people have received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine in the Scandinavian country since the end of December, according to official figures.

"We have immediately sought and I have been in contact with the Australian medical regulator. this morning, and requested that they seek additional information, both from the company, but also from the Norwegian medical regulator", he told reporters on Sunday.

When investigating adverse events related to vaccination, regulators have to separate coincidence from true vaccine side effects - and then decide what to do.

"This situation is unacceptable", the health and social affairs ministers of the six EU states said in a letter to the EU Commission about the Pfizer delays.

Pfizer, on the other hand, has claimed there were no concerns raised in their private investigation of the matter.

"The efficacy and safety trials conducted on 44,000 volunteers including those aged above 75 have shown a 95 per cent success rate when delivered in two doses within 21 hours".

The FDA granted an EUA to the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech on Thursday. "Most people have experienced the expected side effects of the vaccine, such as nausea and vomiting, fever, local reactions at the injection site, and worsening of their underlying condition".

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"We are not alarmed by this".

"Doctors must now carefully consider who should be vaccinated. Those who are very frail and at the very end of life can be vaccinated after an individual assessment". All the reported deaths related to "elderly people with serious basic disorders", it said.

It added that "for very frail patients and terminally ill patients, a careful balance of benefit versus disadvantage of vaccination is recommended".

Chief Medical Officer of Health David Williams says the company's decision to temporarily delay global vaccine shipments will likely have an effect on the province, though the full impact of the move is not yet known.

Overall, Norway has seen 57,279 cases and reported 511 deaths.

No. A mass vaccination campaign by definition involves a very large number of people - and as a general principle, some adverse events, which could include serious side effects and deaths, should be expected.

Work is ongoing at the Pfizer plant in Belgium to increase capacity, and the firm and its German partner BioNTech said Saturday it would allow them to "significantly" scale up vaccine production in the second quarter.

The doses will be enough to vaccinate 6.4 million people, with the initial shipment of one million doses earmarked for 500,000 frontline health workers.

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