The Medical Director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency and Norway’s National Institute of Public Health decided to investigate two nursing home residents’ deaths after receiving doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. This incident comes after a pediatric surgery assistant in Porto was found dead two days after being administered the Pfizer coronavirus jab.
According to the Daily mail, Sonia Acevedo, a 41-year-old nurse, suffered a “sudden death” at her home on January 1, 48 hours after being vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Medical Director of Norwegian Medicines Agency Steiner Madsen said in a statement, “We have to assess whether the vaccine is the cause of death, or if it is a coincidence that it happened soon after vaccination.” Madsen also said that it is entirely possible that the deaths could be coincidental as people of advanced age are receiving the coronavirus vaccine first.
After Pfizer’s claim that its vaccine against the COVID-19 vaccine is over 90 percent effective, some volunteers claimed that they suffered side effects similar to a flu jab. One even compared the side effects to “a severe hangover.”
Norway will impose new restrictions to prevent a resurgence in the coronavirus spread, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Sunday, including a nationwide ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and bars and not inviting guests home. “We see more signs of a new wave of infections,” Solberg told a news conference, citing Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations and the emergence of the more contagious variant of the virus first identified in Britain among the reasons.
Norway already had some of the toughest travel restrictions in Europe, requiring non-residents to prove they are COVID-19 negative before entering the country. Recently, Oslo imposed mandatory COVID-19 tests for all people entering Norway from abroad, either upon arrival or within 24 hours, to stop the spread of the coronavirus variant detected first in Britain.
The Nordic country has seen a rise in cases over the past month and now estimates its R number – which represents the average number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to – stands at 1.3. Norway’s 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants was at 113.6 in the week Dec. 21-27, the fourth-lowest in Europe behind Iceland, Greece, and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has said.