The health authorities in Norway announced, on Monday, that there is no evidence of a “direct link” between recent deaths, which affected some of the elderly who had received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine against the Coronavirus.
After two previous statements, the Norwegian Medicines Agency is seeking, once again, to calm concerns after warnings issued by the authorities about the safety of the Pfizer / Biotec vaccine earlier.
The agency had indicated a relationship between the vaccine and deaths, after the death of 33 people in the country over the age of 75 years after receiving the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19.
The agency said at the time that 13 elderly women showed side effects that may have contributed to their deaths, and warned of the “risks” of the vaccine.
Steinar Madsen, the chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said, “It is clear that Covid-19 is more dangerous for most patients than vaccination,” adding, “We are not concerned.”
At a time when the whole world is searching for s
salvation from the Coronavirus and the Pfizer vaccine was a glimmer of hope to eliminate this deadly epidemic for many countries, the initial reports issued by Norway caused widespread confusion and occupied international headlines.
As of Friday, Norway was using the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine as its first vaccine against the Coronavirus, and the two companies are currently working with local authorities to uncover the cause of the deaths.
And Pfizer considered, “The number of accidents is not a cause for concern, and is in line with expectations.”
The first report confirming the safety of the Pfizer-Biotec vaccine is scheduled to be published in Europe at the end of January.
Madsen added, “All the patients who died were suffering from serious diseases,” adding that “we cannot say that people die from the vaccine. We can say that it may be a coincidence, and it is difficult to prove that the vaccine is the direct cause.”
Until this time, about 42,000 people in Norway had received the first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine, and priority was on the weakest cases, including the elderly.
The number of people infected with the Coronavirus has exceeded the threshold of 58,000 people in Norway.