After his death, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health updated its Covid-19 vaccination guide with more detailed advice on inoculating elderly people who are frail or terminally ill.
The new guidelines say doctors must evaluate each individual patient to determine if the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of 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 in nursing homes are at the forefront of vaccination, as they face a much higher risk of serious Covid-1
RENT noted that all deaths that occurred during the first few days of vaccination were “carefully assessed” and submitted to the Norwegian Health Register ADR.
Dr 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 weak people.
Speaking at the Choice of Healthy Clergy Congress, Fautsi said he understood that deaths followed the booster dose of the vaccine when there were less specific symptoms, such as pain, fever and malaise.
“It’s possible to have a person who is too weak, like many people in nursing homes, that even that amount of stress for them could put them on top,” Fauci added.
Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said there was “no evidence so far that any link between vaccination and death in these vulnerable patients was causal”.
Evans told Britain’s Science Media Center that when people at high risk of death are vaccinated, “there will be a number of accidental deaths that occur shortly after vaccination.”
Regulators around the world are closely monitoring these deaths, Evans said, and are able to calculate the “expected number” of deaths at different times.
“We don’t know yet, but the number of deaths appears not to be significantly higher than expected,” he said, adding that “there is no need to worry, but complacency is also wrong.”
Fauci agreed with this assessment, saying that the first question is what is the mortality rate in old people’s homes that have never received the vaccine. “Once you get it, you get the real denominator,” he said.
Of the 23 deaths so far, 13 have been assessed by the Norwegian Medicines Agency and the National Institute of Public Health, the institute said in a statement on Friday.
Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said evaluations showed that common side effects of mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, could have been fatal in some patients with infirmities.
“We cannot rule out that side effects to the vaccine that occur in the first days after vaccination (such as fever and nausea) may contribute to a more serious course and fatality in patients with severe underlying disease,” the statement added.
In a statement sent to CNN on Saturday, Pfizer said it was aware of the reported deaths and “our immediate thoughts are with the families of the bereaved.”
Pfizer added that it is working with NOMA to gather all the necessary information.
“Norwegian authorities give priority to immunizing people living in old people’s homes, most of whom are very old with basic medical conditions and some who are terminally ill,” Pfizer said in a statement, adding that NOMA said. not anxious and in line with expectations. “