Despite dozens of deaths of individuals shortly after they were vaccinated against coronavirus, scientists say the evidence available thus far doesn't incriminate the new anti-Covid vaccines.Health agencies stress however that the overwhelming majority of post-vaccination fatalities were elderly, already vulnerable and sometimes sick.
Norway sparked alarm last week when it reported the deaths of 33 of some 20,000 retirement home residents who had received a primary shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.At least 13 of the fatalities weren't only very elderly but also considered frail with serious ailments, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said.
While it noted that no analysis had yet been administered on the causes of the deaths, it suggested that with the aged and vulnerable the traditional side effects of vaccination like fever or nausea could have contributed.Outside Norway the news raised widespread concern and fed anti-vaccine scepticism, prompting the authorities to worry that no link had been established between the vaccine and post-jab deaths.
In France, of 800,000 people vaccinated, nine deaths of chronically ill residents of care and retirement homes were recorded by Friday.The national medicines agency ANSM said that supported available evidence, "Nothing results in the conclusion that the reported deaths were linked to vaccination."
National and European agencies check any problems with vaccinations reported by health professionals, pharmaceutical firms and patients themselves."It isn't unexpected that a number of these people may naturally fall ill thanks to their age or underlying conditions shortly after being vaccinated, without the vaccine playing any role therein ," the united kingdom medicines regulator MHRA said.
The deaths are a sensitive issue, and approaches to informing the general public vary.France and a few Nordic countries have reported post-vaccination deaths and detailed the potential side effects of the jabs albeit no link has been established.But Britain's MHRA said it might make a press release at a later date, possibly seeking to avoid spreading alarm.
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