"There are 13 deaths that have been assessed, and we are aware of another 16 deaths that are now being assessed", the agency said.
Australia, which has an agreement for 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, is seeking urgent information on the issue from the producer, health authorities and Norway's government, Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.
According to the data, from the time Norway began its vaccination campaign at the end of December, the country has seen 33 deaths among elderly population who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. Thirteen deaths have been assessed so far, and all the reported deaths are in "elderly people with serious basic disorders", the report said, quoting the agency. In early January, the authorities also authorized the use of a vaccine produced by the USA company, Moderna, in addition to using a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine candidate.
"This includes the frequency of some reactions, the severity, and any previously unknown reactions".
Thus the brunt of the temporary shutdown falls on Canada, leading to a shortfall of 655,000 doses over the four weeks.
"The risk from COVID and poor outcomes from COVID is still more than the risk of a severe outcome from the vaccine", she said.
"Safety and efficacy is the priority".
A survey by market researcher Roy Morgan of more than 1200 respondents found over three-quarters of Australians say they would be willing to be vaccinated when it becomes publicly available.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are investigating these worries with Norwegian authorities.
Madsen, quoted in the AP report, said: "Doctors must now carefully consider who should be vaccinated".
On Friday, the Norwegian Medicines Agency reported that of the fatalities, 13 had been autopsied and showed signs of suffering such side effects. "We are not alarmed".
"I recently met, for example, someone vaccinated who was dealing with paralysis, and I decided not to give him a second dose", she said.
The province's top doctor says Ontario will have to tweak its vaccine rollout plans, thanks to a delay on Pfizer's end. All were already seriously ill, it said. All of these individuals were over the age of 80 years of age. "There is no sufficient evidence yet if the deaths were caused by the vaccine so we remain on status quo", Vergeire said in a briefing on Monday.
The United Kingdom and the United States have also reported a number of cases of side effects that had fatal consequences.
So far, more than 42,000 people in Norway have been administered the first dose of the vaccine.