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Australia seeking urgent advice from Norway after Pfizer vaccine deaths

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The Australian government is urgently seeking advice from Norway after reports up to 30 people have died after receiving the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

The Australian government is urgently seeking advice from Norway after reports up to 30 people have died after receiving the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

The vaccine was rolled out to the Scandinavian nation's elderly and people in nursing homes with serious underlying diseases.

Norway's medical regulator says reports suggest common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients.

A health care professional prepares a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Australia has an agreement to purchase 10 million doses of the Pfizer jab.

"We're proceeding with an abundance of caution," Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

Infectious diseases specialist Associate Professor Sanjaya Senanayake told 9News the vaccine deaths could be coincidental.

"This could just be coincidental, that you have people with chronic health problems who just succumb to their chronic illnesses rather than due to the vaccine itself," Professor Senanayake said.

Aged care residents and older Australians will be vaccinated in the first phase of the rollout.

The Pfizer vaccine is expected to be approved in Australia by the end of the month, with a possible rollout in February.

"At this point there's no change, but we'll follow the medical regulator's advice," Mr Hunt said.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration says it's working with European regulators to determine whether specific warnings about risks of vaccination in the very frail elderly or terminally ill should be applied to the Pfizer vaccine.

"The TGA has full authority and full empowerment to make whatever recommendations they believe," Mr Hunt said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/pfizer-australia-seeking-urgent-advice-from-norway-after-covid19-vaccine-deaths/5211cd3b-7e66-4207-82c3-866402106c08

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