At least 13 Isrealis suffered from facial paralysis after taking the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
At least 13 Israelis suffered facial paralysis after receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, a month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported similar problems, but said they were unrelated to the vaccine.
Israel has been praised for its rapid and effective mass inoculation program, which has vaccinated 20% of the country’s population since the campaign began at the end of December.
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For a handful of Israelis, however, the initiative led to unexpected health alerts. At least 13 people have reported mild facial paralysis after receiving the Pfizer / BioNTech jab, Israeli media outlet Ynet reported, citing the health ministry, adding that officials believe the number of such cases may be higher.
Meanwhile, in Norway, 29 people have died after taking the Pfizer Covid vaccine.
Norway has expressed growing concern about the safety of the Pfizer Inc. vaccine in older people with serious underlying health conditions after raising the estimated death toll from inoculations to 29.
The latter figure adds six to the number of known deaths in Norway and lowers the presumed affected age group from 80 to 75. While it is not known exactly when the deaths occurred, Norway has administered at least one dose to around 42,000 people and focused on those considered most at risk if they contract the virus, including the elderly.
Until Friday, the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech SE was the only one available in Norway, and “all deaths are therefore linked to this vaccine,” the Norwegian Medicines Agency said on Saturday in a written response to Bloomberg.