COVID-19 Vaccines May Have 'Serious Consequences' for Old & Frail, Norway Warns

23 die in Norway after first shot of Pfizer COVIDvaccine

Norwegian health officials said common reactions to the vaccine, including fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in elderly patients who were already frail.

The Norwegian agency said that 23 deaths associated with covid-19 vaccination of which 13 have been assessed.

The statement comes as European countries move to vaccinate their citizens against the virus, which has been ravaging the world for over a year now, and to gauge any potential side effects of inoculation.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed Australian authorities had been in contact with Pfizer and would seek advice from the Norwegian authorities to gain more information about the deaths. Norway launched a mass vaccination campaign at the end of December, with the very oldest citizens and residents of nursing homes being offered vaccination first, including those over the age of 85. The agency found that "the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in line with expectations", Pfizer said.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman received his first of two Covid-19 vaccine jab earlier this month, over three weeks after the middle eastern kingdom launched a three-phase inoculation programme, AFP reported.

"They are meddling in political stances with the scientific attitude toward vaccines, using their propaganda to promote Pfizer vaccines and smearing Chinese vaccines"."If there needs to be some comparison, then China's inactivated vaccine definitely has more solid foundation in safety than Pfizer's mRNA vaccine".

The new infections came from 12,439 tests, a 5.8 per cent positivity rate, consistent with rates over the previous two days and below the seven-day average positivity rate of 6.2 per cent.

Locally made AstraZeneca vaccine to be most widely used in Australia, Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly says.

According to the BMJ, the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that details of all suspected reactions reported in association with approved Covid-19 vaccines would be published along with its assessment of the data on a regular basis in the future.

In Norway, the USA pharma company Pfizer is being vaccinated.

Health Minister Christine Elliott told CTV News Toronto on Friday the province is awaiting further details on the "the exact allocations" and the "timing of those allocations" but said the province is once again reserving vials of the vaccine to ensure second doses are administered.

The country, however, adjusted its advisory on who gets the Covid-19 vaccine, leaving it up to each doctor to consider who should be vaccinated, AP reported.

An editorial in China's state-run media outlet Global Times said that 23 deaths are a large number.