Norwegian Medicines Agency: Two Nursing Home Residents Dead “A Few Days” After Receiving BioNTech Pfizer Vaccine

UPDATED January 19, 2021 – Despite the deaths, Norway is not changing its “vaccine” policy related to elderly patients.

 

UPDATED January 14, 2021 – Norwegian Medicines Agency now says 23 people have died since December 27, when 25,000 Pfizer vaccines were administered across the country. At least 13 of the dead were 80 years of age or older.

 

—ORIGINAL STORY—

OSLO, NORWAY — The Norwegian Medicines Agency is investigating the deaths of two residents at a nursing home days after receiving the Pfizer BioNTech COVID vaccine.

The Agency, along with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said they are “assessing” if the deaths are related to the vaccine, according to a press release. They received the report of the two residents’ deaths on January 5, 2021. Steinar Madsen, the medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said in a statement:

“Now the weakest and most vulnerable, who have serious diseases, are vaccinated. There will probably be deaths close to the time of vaccination. We must then assess whether it is the vaccine that is the cause of the death, or whether it is a coincidence that it happens so soon after vaccination.”

Officials noted that 400 people die every week in the country’s nursing homes. No further details were available as of publishing.

Published January 8, 2021

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