Did 23 People Die in Norway After Taking COVID-19 Vaccine?

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The above is a screenshot of a tweet claiming that 23 Norwegians died after taking the coronavirus vaccine.

Background

COVID-19 cases and casualties continue to rise globally as companies such as Pfizer and Astra Zeneca continue to produce vaccines which are currently in distribution. The Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) has posted on its website the process of creating a COVID-19 vaccine. Some scientists have, however, raised their concerns that the rush to create a vaccine could lead to an inferior vaccine.

Verification

According to the BMJ, the Norwegian government has advised doctors to conduct thorough investigations on very frail and elderly patients in line to receive the Pfizer BioNTec vaccine against COVID-19, following the deaths of 23 patients shortly after receiving the vaccine. All 23 patients were above the age of 80 and living in nursing homes. The Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA) has investigated 13 deaths so far and concluded that common adverse reactions of mRNA vaccines, such as fever, nausea, and diarrhoea, may have contributed to the deaths.

Business Insider reports that the number of deaths related to the Pfizer vaccine had risen to 29. The additional six deaths have lowered the age group of the fatalities from 80 to 75 years. ABC News also reported that the UK and US had reported a number of deaths from the vaccine’s side effects.

Verdict

The claim that 23 Norwegians died after taking the Covid-19 vaccine is therefore TRUE.

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Moffin Njoroge

Moffin is passionate about data and strives to find patterns, stories and leads by analyzing and interpreting datasets.