After the deaths, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has updated the vaccination guide for Covid-19 with more detailed advice on vaccinating elderly people who are debilitated or ill.
The new directive states that clinicians must evaluate each patient individually to determine whether the benefits of the vaccination outweigh the risks of any potential side effects.
As of last Thursday, 42,000 people in Norway had received their first dose of the vaccine. As in many other countries, the elderly and those who live in nursing homes with underlying health conditions rank first on vaccination, as they face a much higher risk of contracting a serious illness from Covid-19.
Leasing He noted that all deaths that occur during the first few days of vaccination are „carefully evaluated“ and submitted to the Norwegian ADR.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday that the deaths should be placed in the context of the population in which they occurred – a nursing home with extremely vulnerable people.
Speaking at a black healthy life choice meeting for clergymen, Fauci said his understanding is that deaths come after a booster shot of the vaccine when there are more nonspecific symptoms, such as aches, fever and malaise.
„It’s conceivable that when you have a very vulnerable individual, like many people in nursing homes, this amount of stress they are exposed to can put them above the top,“ Fauci added.
So far, „there is no evidence that any link between vaccination and death in these susceptible patients is a causal relationship,“ said Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacological epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Evans told Science Media Center in the UK that when people at high risk of death are vaccinated, „there will be a certain number of accidental deaths occurring soon after vaccination“.
Evans said regulatory agencies around the world are closely monitoring these deaths and are able to calculate the „expected number“ of deaths over different time periods.
„We do not know yet, but it seems that the observed numbers of deaths are not significantly higher than the expected numbers,“ he said, adding that „there is no need to worry, but complacency is also wrong.“
Fauci agreed with this assessment, saying the first question is what is the mortality rate in nursing homes for individuals who have never received the vaccine. „Once you get that, you get the real denominator,“ he said.
The institute said in a statement on Friday that of the 23 deaths, 13 have so far been evaluated by the Norwegian Medicines Agency and the National Institute of Public Health.
Sigurd Hurtemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said the evaluations indicated that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to fatal outcomes in some vulnerable patients.
The statement added, „We cannot rule out that adverse reactions to the vaccine that occur in the first days after vaccination (such as fever and nausea) may contribute to a more dangerous course and fatal outcome in patients with acute underlying disease.“
In a statement sent to CNN on Saturday, Pfizer said it was aware of the reported deaths and „our direct thoughts are with the bereaved families.“
Pfizer added that it is working with NOMA to collect all relevant information.
„The Norwegian authorities have given priority to immunizing residents in nursing homes, most of whom are elderly people with underlying medical conditions and some of them are terminally ill,“ Pfizer said in a statement, adding that the Numa organization said, „The number of incidents so far is not alarming and in line with expectations.“ „.
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