NTB: Four people in Norway have died from serious side effects related to the AstraZeneca vaccine

AstraZeneca vaccinesPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB
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Four people in Norway have died from serious side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Hanne Finstad’s parents are angry that they did not get an apology from the authorities.

“No Norwegian officials have contacted Aud or me to apologize or say that they are sorry for what happened to our girl. It makes me very upset. I get so angry that I can not mourn,” Hanne’s father, Kåre Olav Finstad, told the newspaper Østlendingen on Saturday.

“There are four broken families left behind in the wake of the four people who died after getting the AstraZeneca vaccine in Norway, and apologizing for it is the least they could do,” he added.

In an email to NTB, Minister of Health and Care Services Ingvild Kjerkol (AP) wrote that the fight against the pandemic had its costs. For some, the price has been extra high, she said.

“When the vaccines were approved and put into use, it was the health authorities’ best assessment that the benefit was clearly greater than the risk. At the same time, we were open to the possibility that rare but serious side effects could occur,” Kjerkol said.

Removed from the vaccination program

Norway stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 11, after cases of rare but severe blood clots with low platelet counts and bleeding in some vaccinated people were reported. Four people died.

With great sadness, we must acknowledge that the vaccines that have contributed so much to our fight against the pandemic have taken away the loved ones of some families. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to express my deepest sympathy to those affected and their relatives, Kjerkol said.

A total of 133,870 people got the AstraZeneca vaccine in Norway. It was mainly given to health workers.

The vaccine was formally removed from the Norwegian vaccine program on May 12.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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