Fifty-five people in the United States have died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports submitted to a federal system.
Deaths have occurred among people receiving both the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, according to the reports.
The reporting system, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), is a federal database. The system is passive, meaning reports aren’t automatically collected and must be filed. VAERS reports can be filed by anyone, including health care providers, patients, or family members, Epoch Times reported.
VAERS reports “often lack details and sometimes can have information that contains errors,” according to the reporting system’s website. Still, reports on VAERS represent “only a small fraction of actual adverse events,” the site states, though underreporting is believed to be less common for serious events.och Time
Epoch Times points out: Moderna and Pfizer didn’t respond to requests for comment. Abigail Capobianco, a spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told The Epoch Times via email, “Any reports of death following the administration of vaccines are promptly and rigorously investigated jointly by FDA” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Twenty-three people in Norway are suspected to have died from reactions or side effects to the vaccination intended to ward off the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, including 13 that have been confirmed.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency reported the deaths Friday in a bulletin on its website.
”Common adverse reactions may have contributed to a severe course in elderly people who are frail,” the report said.
Norway health authorities are reporting COVID-19 vaccine news of monumental importance at a moment the US is rushing to get an initial some 30 million doses into the arms of the elderly and those with chronic health conditions: sick patients over 80 are particularly at risk for devastating side effects.
Bloomberg notes that it’s “the most cautious statement yet from a European health authority” regarding potential adverse vaccine health risks.
“For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences,” the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said.
The health authority said further in its most blunt statement cautioning against a policy of a blanket promotion of the vaccine for all:
“For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.”
Ironically in the US: it’s precisely the elderly, frail, and those prone to persistent health conditions that are being urged on by state and federal policies to be first in line
”The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to … vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients,” Norwegian Medicines Agency Chief Physician Sigurd Hortemo said.
The New York Post reported that the 13 confirmed deaths all were among nursing home patients who were 80 years of age or older.
More than 30,000 people in Norway, a country of about 5.3 million, have been given the first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine since last month, the Post said quoting official figures.
The Norwegian Medicines Agency, the country’s national regulatory authority for medications, says it has received reports of 29 adverse reactions to the vaccinations, 21 in women and eight in men, and about 25% in people over 90. The most common reaction is pain in and around the injection location, fever, and fatigue.
Less common were gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, as well as respiratory problems such as difficulty breathing and a cough.
China’s Global Times reports Chinese experts said the death incident should be assessed cautiously to understand whether the death was caused by vaccines or other preexisting conditions of these individuals.
Yang Zhanqiu, a virologist from Wuhan University, told the Global Times on Friday that the death incident, if proven to be caused by the vaccines, showed that the effect of the Pfizer vaccine and other mRNA vaccines is not as good as expected, as the main purpose of mRNA vaccines is to heal patients.
A Beijing-based immunologist, who requested anonymity, told the Global Times on Friday that the world should suspend the use of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine represented by Pfizer, as this new technology has not proven safety in large-scale use or in preventing any infectious diseases.
Older people, especially those over 80, should not be recommended to receive any COVID-19 vaccine, he said