The risk of compensation claims for any side-effects caused by vaccines means countries and vaccine makers must establish who is liable. Photo: AFP The risk of compensation claims for any side-effects caused by vaccines means countries and vaccine makers must establish who is liable. Photo: AFP
The risk of compensation claims for any side-effects caused by vaccines means countries and vaccine makers must establish who is liable. Photo: AFP

If Covid-19 vaccines cause side-effects, who pays: makers or governments?

  • Procurement contracts for vaccines have forced governments to consider whether they should give legal indemnity to vaccine makers
  • Some countries have enacted laws to clarify who is liable when vaccines cause adverse effects, but the pandemic poses a greater challenge

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
The risk of compensation claims for any side-effects caused by vaccines means countries and vaccine makers must establish who is liable. Photo: AFP The risk of compensation claims for any side-effects caused by vaccines means countries and vaccine makers must establish who is liable. Photo: AFP
The risk of compensation claims for any side-effects caused by vaccines means countries and vaccine makers must establish who is liable. Photo: AFP
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