Disinfo: 29 people have died in Norway after receiving the Pfizer vaccine

Summary

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

Disproof

Health authorities in Norway sought to allay safety concerns raised by the death of some elderly patients after they were vaccinated against Covid-19, saying there’s no evidence of a direct link.

According to Bloomberg.com, the initial reports from Norway raised alarm as the world looks for early signs of potential side effects from the vaccines. Although doctors say it’s possible that vaccine side-effects could aggravate underlying illnesses, nursing-home residents are known to be among the frailest and sickest elderly patients.

See here other misinformation that leads to the message that the Pfizer vaccine is ineffective.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 228
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Romanian
  • Country: Norway
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health, vaccination

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