"We will continue to work with European regulators over the coming days to investigate this report and determine whether specific warnings about risks of vaccination in the very elderly or terminally ill should be potentially included in the product information for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine".
"Most people have experienced the expected side effects of the vaccine, such as nausea and vomiting, fever, local reactions at the injection site, and worsening of their underlying condition".
Australia's medical regulator are seeking out more details after reports emerged from Norway regarding deaths among elderly Pfizer vaccine recipients with underlying serious health conditions.
USA drugmaker Pfizer, which developed the jab in collaboration with Germany's BioNTech, said it was working to "significantly" scale up production at its plant in Belgium in the second quarter.
Dr Rob Grenfell said the fatalities in Norway could be viewed as "disturbing" but the deaths were not necessarily surprising, as Australia is just weeks away from rolling out the first of 10 million Pfizer vaccine doses.
With infections surging past 94 million and more than two million deaths, and Europe among the hardest-hit regions, France and Russian Federation were hoping to shift their vaccination programmes into a higher gear from Monday. This does not mean that there is a causal between vaccination and death.
"These vaccines, for the majority of the population, are looking very good to prevent severe illness and death - that's what we're most anxious about, that's what we need to protect people from".
Norway is concerned about the side effects of the Pfizer / BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on seniors.
Spain began administering Sunday second vaccine doses to people who had already received the first at the end of December, mostly nursing home residents and care staff.
"We are not alarmed by this", Steinar Madsen, medical director with the agency, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Of course, it is important that scaremongering isn't manipulated by people who oppose vaccinations but this shouldn't stop thorough research.
James said Medsafe would stay in contact with the European Medicines Agency as the vaccine rollout continued, and would continue to work with Pfizer and other companies producing vaccines. Bloomberg quoted Pfizer as saying that the Norwegian authorities have found that "the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in line with expectations". Besides those who died, the agency said nine had serious side effects without a fatal outcome and seven had less serious side effects.
The United Kingdom and the United States have also reported a number of cases of side effects that had fatal consequences.