The death toll of people over the age of 75 vaccinated against Covid in Norway is rising. The elderly had serious medical problems


Norway has reported a total of 29 deaths in people over the age of 75 who received the first dose of the Covid vaccine, and scientists are carefully looking at which groups to target in national immunization programs, writes Bloomberg.

Six deaths have recently been added to those already known in Norway and thus the age group has been reduced from 80 to 75 years.

Until Friday, Pfizer / BioNTech was the only vaccine available in Norway. “All deaths are related to this vaccine,” the Norwegian Medicines Agency said on Saturday at Bloomberg’s request.

“There are 13 confirmed deaths and there would be another 16 for which investigations are being carried out,” the agency added.

All those who died had other serious medical problems. “Most people have had anticipated side effects from the vaccine, such as nausea and vomiting, fever, local reactions and worsening of the general condition.”

What has now happened in Norway has led authorities to say that Covid vaccines would be too risky for the elderly or those with terminal illnesses, the most cautious statement by a European health authority.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health said that “for those who suffer, even the weakest side effects can have serious consequences. For those with low life expectancy, the vaccine is irrelevant.”


Pfizer and BioNTech are working with Norwegian authorities to investigate the deaths, the US manufacturer said, adding that the country’s regulatory authority has established that “the number of such incidents is not alarming so far and is in anticipation.” Pfizer.

“We know that deaths have been recorded in other countries, but we do not have the complete data,” the agency said. “There are differences between countries over who have priority in vaccination, and this will affect reports of side effects, including the number of deaths.”

Norway still recommends that young people and those in good health be vaccinated. But what has happened in this country is an early warning of the effects, as countries monitor the immunization situation.

Emer Cooke, the new head of the European Medicines Agency, said monitoring the effectiveness of Covid vaccines, especially those based on new technologies such as messenger RNA, will be the biggest challenge as vaccines spread. worldwide.

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