Following the deaths, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health updated its Kovid-19 vaccination guide with more detailed advice on elderly people who are frail or mentally ill.
The new guidance states that doctors should evaluate each individual patient to determine if the benefits of vaccination reduce the risk of any possible side effects.
As of last Thursday, 42,000 people in Norway had received their first dose of the vaccine. As in many other countries, elderly people with underlying health conditions and in nursing homes may be vaccinated earlier, as they carry a greater risk of becoming seriously ill with Kovid-19.
NOMA Noted that all deaths occurring within the first few days of vaccination are “carefully evaluated” and submitted to the Norwegian ADR Health Registry.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Drs. Anthony Fauci said on Monday that the deaths should be placed in the context of the population that happened to them – a nursing home that had extremely vulnerable individuals.
Speaking at the Healthy Lives Black Clergy Conclave, Fauci said his understanding was that vaccine booster doses are followed by death when more non-specific symptoms occur, such as pain, fever, and malaise.
“It is predictable that when you have a very weak person, such as many who are in nursing homes, even the amount of stress on them can top them,” Fauci said.
Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacopaidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that so far “there was no evidence that there is a causal relationship between vaccination and death in these frail patients.”
Evans told the UK’s Science Media Center that when vaccinated people at high risk of death, “there will be a certain number of coincidental deaths occurring immediately after vaccination.”
Regulatory bodies around the world are closely monitoring these fatalities, Evans said, and are able to calculate the “expected number” of deaths within different time periods.
“We don’t know yet, but it seems that the observed number of deaths does not exceed the expected numbers,” he said, adding that “there was no need to worry, but decency is equally wrong. ”
Fauci agreed with that assessment, stating that the first question was what was the death rate in the nursing homes of those who had never received the vaccine. “Once you do that, you will get true infamy.”
The Institute said in a statement on Friday that 13 of the 23 deaths have been assessed by the Norwegian Medicines Agency and the National Institute of Public Health.
Sigurd Hortemo, the chief physician of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said the assessment suggests that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines such as fever and nausea may have contributed to the fatal outcome in some malignant patients.
“We cannot adversely react to the vaccine occurring in the first days of vaccination (such as fever and nausea) may contribute to a more severe course and fatal outcome in patients with severe underlying disease,” the statement said. stated in.
Pfizer said in a statement sent to CNN on Saturday that it was aware of the reported deaths and “our immediate thoughts are with the bereaved families.”
Pfizer said that it is working with NOMA to collect all relevant information.
“Norwegian authorities have prioritized the vaccination of residents in nursing homes, most of whom are elderly with underlying medical conditions and some who are ill,” Pfizer said in a statement, adding that Noma has said “now Is the number of incidents up to. ” Not worrisome, and in line with expectations. “