Morrison government grants indemnity for COVID-19 vaccine side effects

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 08: Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference in the Main Committee room at Parliament House on October 08, 2020 in Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Morrison has announced that Minister for Finance Senator Mathias Cormann will become Australia’s candidate for Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with Senator Simon Birmingham undertaking the role of Leader of the Government in the Senate and Senator Michaelia Cash will become Deputy Leader. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

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The Morrison government has given the suppliers of two COVID-19 vaccines indemnity against prosecution for rare side effects that experts say are “inevitable” when a vaccine is rolled out to 25 million Australians.

But the government will not set up a statutory compensation scheme which the president of the Australian Medical Association, Omar Khorshid, said meant Australians who suffered “extremely rare” side effects from the vaccines would face a tough battle to seek compensation.

“With a brand new vaccine, it’s going to be really hard to tell what is a vaccine injury and what is a rare medical condition that someone would have had anyway,” Dr Khorshid said.

As part of its $1.7 billion deals to secure more than 84.8 million doses of the Oxford University and University of Queensland vaccines if successful, the federal government has indemnified the suppliers – meaning they cannot be held liable for adverse events caused by the vaccines.

British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is the sponsor of the Oxford University vaccine, while the University of Queensland vaccine is being marketed by Seqirus (CSL).

Plans to distribute the vaccine quickly across the population once successful phase three trials are complete mean the full safety picture will not be known when the first doses are administered.

University of Sydney Associate Professor Nick Wood, a vaccine expert who designs hospital immunisation programs, said Australians who received a COVID-19 vaccine “for the benefit of themselves and the community” deserved the reassurance of a “safety net” through a no-fault scheme in case they experienced a rare adverse reaction.

Grattan Institute health economist Stephen Duckett, a former secretary of the federal health department, agreed that such a scheme was needed, saying there would “inevitably” be some adverse events associated with the vaccines and that some may take years to appear.


One thought on “Morrison government grants indemnity for COVID-19 vaccine side effects

  1. The Australian Taxpayer (getting less and lesser) will foot the bill to Morrison’s vaccine injury agenda and that will happen as they have no authoritative scientific research on this “Save All” vaccine.
    In the US the tax payout is some 4.2 Billion and has not nearly covered all the claims that have not been settled as the Pharmaceutical Lawyers edit claims making it difficult for damaged people or their children.
    Is this Australia 2021? Morrison is Zionist and New World Order supporter so will he mandate this poison to all Australians and their children. Zionists have no conscience! as we witness in Palestine!

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