Government flights proposal for vaccine injury claims
The Department of Health has released its proposals for establishing a no-fault compensation fund for
claims of serious side-effects caused by coronavirus vaccines, reported Business Day (16 April 2021). The fund is one of the key preconditions set by COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer. Both companies have sought exemption from liability for harm caused by their vaccines to recipients in SA, requiring the government to set up a no-fault compensation fund that limits claims to the fund or the government.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund is to be established in terms of regulations added to the Disaster Management Act. Interested parties have until April 19 to comment. The fund has to be registered by April 30. According to the draft regulations the fund will compensate people for severe vaccine side-effects that cause permanent or significant injury, serious harm to a person’s health, or death. Claims are restricted to vaccines approved by the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority and procured by the government.
*Earlier it was reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize accused coronavirus vaccine manufacturers Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer of making unreasonable demands that have delayed the delivery of shots to SA.
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