The prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported late Friday that doctors in Norway have been asked to conduct a more thorough evaluation of very frail elderly patients in line to receive the Pfizer-BioNotech vaccine.
“It may be a coincidence, but we are not sure,” Stein Madsen, medical director of the Norwegian Medicine Agency (NOMA), told BMJ.
“There is no definite relationship between these deaths and the vaccine.” Two Kovid-19 vaccines, Comnirati, BioNotech / Pfizer and Moderna, are being used in Norway.
The agency has so far investigated 13 deaths and concluded that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever, nausea, and diarrhea, may have contributed to fatal outcomes in some debilitated patients.
“There is a possibility that these common adverse reactions, which are not fitter, dangerous in younger patients and not uncommon with vaccines, may increase the underlying disease in the elderly,” Madsen was cited as saying.
“We are now asking doctors to continue vaccinating, but to do additional evaluation of very sick people whose underlying condition may aggravate it.”
In a statement, Pfizer said: “Pfizer and BioNotech are aware of the reported deaths after the administration of BNT 162B2. We are working with NOMA to collect all relevant information.
“All reported deaths will be thoroughly evaluated by the NOMA to assess whether these incidents are related to the vaccine. The Norwegian government will also consider adjusting their vaccination instructions to take patients’ health into greater consideration. . “
The BMJ report states that more than 20,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered over the past few weeks in Norway and that about 400 deaths are usually among caregivers.
The Paul Erlich Institute in Germany is also investigating 10 deaths shortly after the Kovid-19 vaccination.
Chinese publication Global Times broke the story for the first time by stating that health experts in the country have called on Norway and other countries to suspend the use of the mRNA-based Kovid-19 vaccine of Pfizer, vaccination after at least 23 deaths. Was reported
Norwegian media NRK reported, “All deaths have occurred in elderly, elderly patients in nursing homes. All are over 80 and some of them are over 90”.
According to BMJ, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK said that the details of all suspected reactions reported with the approved Kovid-19 vaccine will be published in the future along with their evaluation of the data on a regular basis.