In London, the World Health Organization has resolved a major concern among recipients of vaccines, agreeing to a no-fault compensation scheme for claims of serious side effects in people in 92 poor countries due to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX sharing scheme.
The WHO said in a statement that this program is the first and only vaccine injury compensation mechanism to operate internationally, which will provide a “fast, fair, robust and transparent process” to qualified people.
“By providing one-off lump sum compensation in full and final settlement of any claim, the COVAX program aims to reduce the need for a potentially lengthy and costly process in law courts,”
the statement said.
The countries were concerned with the question of how indemnity claims would be handled in case of any serious COVID-19 vaccine side effects due to receiving COVID-19 shots through the COVAX scheme.
A few nations financing their own Corona vaccine purchase also plan their own liability programs. Initially, this program will be funded as an additional charge on all doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed through COVAX to AMC from donor funds.
As per the WHO, applications can be made from March 31, 2021, through a portal at http://www.covaxclaims.com.
Seth Berkeley, chief executive of the GAVI Vaccine Alliance, which co-led COVAX, said the agreement on indemnity funding for COVAX was “a huge boost” aimed at securing equal global access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“It helps those in countries who might have such effects, manufacturers to roll out vaccines to countries faster, and is a key benefit for lower-income governments procuring vaccines through (COVAX),”
– Berkeley said.
The WHO said it is also working with the insurance firms to secure insurance coverage for the program.