At least 23 people vaccinated against coronavirus with Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have died in Norway. The Norwegian Medicines Agency (Legemiddelverk) reported this today, January 14.
“Twenty-three fatal cases have been reported following vaccination. Thirteen of these are currently under review,” the report said.
The agency’s chief physician, Sigurd Hortemu, explains that “common symptoms caused by the vaccine, such as fever and nausea, could have caused death in some older people with poor health.”
Vaccination with the drug, produced by U.S. company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, began in Norway on December 27, 2020. So far, more than 21,000 people in the country have received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
The first people in the country were vaccinated in a nursing home in Oslo. At the beginning of the year it became known that three people in different localities who had received the vaccine died, their deaths, however, according to the authorities, may not have been related to the vaccination, an investigation is underway.
On January 12 a shipment of another US vaccine developed by Moderna was delivered to Norway.