The World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on Monday to establish a plan for compensating without pleading guilty to major side effects caused by vaccines against Covid-19 in 92 poor countries that will receive vaccines under the COVAX program, eliminating a big reason of concern among recipient governments, Reuters reports.
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The program, which WHO says is the first and only international compensation mechanism for vaccine damage, will provide eligible individuals with “a fast, fair, robust and transparent process,” the WHO said in a statement. .ro.
“By awarding compensation without liability, in a full and final agreement for any claim, the COVEX program aims to significantly reduce the need to go to court, which can be a lengthy and costly process,” the statement said.
Questions about the management of claims for compensation in the event of major Covid-19 vaccine side effects, which are likely to be very rare, have been a cause for concern for countries to receive vaccines through the COVAX program.
Countries that fund their own vaccine purchases for Covid-19 also plan to set up compensation programs.
The WHO-agreed plan, discussed over several months, aims to cover the major side effects of any vaccine distributed through COVAX by June 30, 2022, to a group of 92 poor countries, mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia. .
The program will be initially funded by donors in the form of an additional cost for all doses of vaccines distributed through COVAX. Applications can be made through www.covaxclaims.com, starting March 31, 2021.
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