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WHO AGREES TO NO-FAULT COMPENSATION FOR COVAX COVID-19 VACCINE

 

The World Health Organization has agreed to a no-fault compensation plan for claims of serious side effects in people in 92 poorer countries due to get COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX sharing scheme, resolving a big concern among recipient governments.

The WHO in a statement said the programme, is the first and only vaccine injury compensation mechanism operating on an international scale, and it will offer eligible people a fast, fair, robust and transparent process.

The statement explained that providing a no-fault lump-sum compensation in full and final settlement of any claims, the COVAX programme aims to significantly reduce the need for recourse to the law courts.

The WHO-agreed plan, which has been under discussion for several months, is designed to cover serious side effects linked to any COVAX-distributed vaccines until June 30, 2022, to COVAX’s Advance Market Commitment-eligible economies – a group of 92 poorer states which includes most African and Southeast Asian countries.

The programme will be financed initially from donor funding to the AMC as an extra charge on all doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed through COVAX.

The statement added that applications can be made via a portal at www.covaxclaims.com from March 31, 2021.

Chief executive of the GAVI vaccine alliance which co-leads COVAX,t Dr Seth Berkleys said the agreement on the compensation fund was a massive boost for COVAX, which aims to secure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Reuters

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