“It is important to remember that on average, about 45 people die every day at nursing homes in Norway, so it’s not given that this represents any excess mortality or that they are related to the vaccines,” she said.
In its update on Jan. 18, the Norwegian Medicines Agency said that all deaths that occur within days of the vaccination will be investigated.
“We cannot rule out that adverse reactions to the vaccine occurring within the first days following vaccination (such as fever and nausea) may contribute to more serious course and fatal outcome in patients with severe underlying disease,” the statement reads.
The spokeswoman attempted to allay fears of links between the deaths and the vaccine, saying that there’s no evidence the shot is unsafe.
“If you are very frail, you should probably not be vaccinated,” Steinar Madsen at the Norwegian Medicines Agency told reporters last week.
As of Jan. 14, more than 42,000 people in Norway received the CCP virus vaccine. Authorities have reported 23 cases of elderly recipients who were suffering from serious medical conditions dying after receiving the vaccine.
Pfizer and BioNTech told news outlets on Jan. 18 that the two firms are now “working with the Norwegian Medicines Agency to gather all the relevant information” following the deaths.
“Our immediate thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Pfizer said.