FHI not asked to join new expert group for assessing AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Camilla StoltenbergPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

The group that will look at the vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson has no FHI members. It is not a question of a lack of trust, the Ministry of Health pointed out.

Camilla Stoltenberg, director of the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), told newspaper VG that they were not asked to contribute to or participate in the expert group, which will assess the consequences of using or not using the two vaccines in question.

“I perceived that they wanted a broader assessment and that they were primarily critical of the fact that it seemed that we wouldn’t – under any circumstances – open up to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine again,” Stoltenberg said.

Korkunc: Not a lack of confidence in the FHI

State Secretary Saliba Andreas Korkunc (H) in the Ministry of Health states that the committee will make independent assessments but also draw on FHI’s expertise and assessments.

The State Secretary believes that the decision cannot be perceived as a lack of confidence in the FHI’s assessment.

“Both the FHI’s work and the expert committee’s work will form the basis for the government’s final decision,” Korkunc told VG.

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1 Comment on "FHI not asked to join new expert group for assessing AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines"

  1. Wanting a completely independent assessment does not reflect badly on FHI or Stoltenberg at all.

    And there is just out a Oxford Univ. study comparing the danger of not taking vs. taking a vaccine and the far lesser comparative dangers between the vaccines themselves.

    I still don’t want a vaccine, because my system seems so vulnerable to *any* degree of clotting and because I think I may have had the virus in early February 2020 and have immunities already … which may explain my last (if minor) heart attack around then … although I still can’t get medical authorization to be tested for immunities to verify that.

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