NorwayHealth officials emphasized that 29 people who died after the Covid-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination were all old and weak with background disease, the side effects of the vaccine were “risky”.
Norwegian health officials today 17/1 stressed “vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech is safe and not the main cause of death” 29 elderly people in nursing homes. The initial information was that 23 people died after the Pfizer vaccination, then the number rose to 29. They are all very old and frail, some are terminal patients, are not expected to live longer than a few weeks or months.
These patients, even common side effects, can lead to serious complications, said Dr. Steinar Madsen, medical director of the Norwegian Pharmaceutical Authority. “Covid-19 makes their risks greater,” he added.
The cause of death of 29 cases is still being investigated. Norwegian officials plan to discuss this matter with the European Pharmaceutical Authority. Vaccine maker Pfizer-BioNTech sent his condolences to the bereaved on January 17. The company also noted that those who died were very old, had background illness and some terminal illness.
In Norway, the Covid-19 vaccination scheme is not in dispute. To date, this country of 5.3 million people has recorded about 59,000 COV infections and 520 deaths.
Astrid Meland, national newspaper commentator Verdens Gang, commended Norwegian officials for its transparency, urging them to provide more information. “The Norwegian authorities did not make it clear,” she said. Unfortunately, the news spread too quickly, leading to the mistaking the vaccine was fatal.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health says that the top priority of the vaccination program are nursing home residents, people over 85 years old and some health care workers. However, according to the Institute’s statement on January 11, the vaccination for the frail elderly or seriously ill should be carefully considered.
Mai Dung (According to the New York Times)