India Declines Pfizer & Moderna Request For Legal Protection Over Adverse Reactions To COVID Shots


by Arjun Walia, The Pulse:

  • The Facts:
    • The Indian Government declined to meet Pfizer and Moderna’s requests for legal protection over any side-effects from the use of their shots.
    • They then said they chose other vaccines due to availability.
  • Reflect On:
    • Why are vaccines a liability-free product in so many countries?
    • Why is compensation to those injured by vaccines paid by taxpayers?;’p[[[


The Indian government has declined the requests of U.S. companies and COVID vaccine manufacturers Pfizer & Moderna for legal protection over any side effects from the use of their shots.

This information came along with India’s September 2021 announcement that they will not buy COVID-19 shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. It was reported that the main reason for this was because domestic output of more affordable, and easier to store, vaccines climbed.

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But is this reasoning entirely true? Prior to the September announcement, whether the Indian government would protect foreign vaccine suppliers from legal liability over vaccine complications was holding up vaccine rollout decisions in India. This was reported in June.

Newly released Pfizer documents revealed tens of thousands of adverse reactions reported in the first two months of 2021 and shows that they were well aware of this issue.

By October 15th, 2021, worldwide vaccine injury reports for COVID vaccines passed 2,344,240 according to World Health Organization (WHO) reporting system, VigiAccess.

More than 50 percent of vaccine injuries reported to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) are from COVID shots. Perhaps more concerning is the fact that experts estimate that only about 1 percent of vaccine injuries are even reported.

This level of underreporting may come as a shock, but it shouldn’t. Adverse reactions to drugs have always been severely underreported, this is well known and it represents a big problem in medicine.

Pfizer and Moderna trying to gain freedom from legal liability in India is no surprise. What is surprising is that the Indian government denied this request when vaccine manufacturers are already liability free in multiple countries like the US & Canada.

Indemnifying vaccine makers from liability has been a common theme throughout this pandemic. It allows manufacturers to get their products on the market faster, but it’s also a troublesome thought that there is no legal incentives for these companies to to create safe vaccines and really vet their product.

Canada did not have a vaccine injury compensation program until December 8, 2020, right before the rollout the COVID vaccines. The program allows vaccine injured people to seek compensation from taxpayer funds, and protects the pharmaceutical companies from any liability.

In 1986 The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was created in the United States.

The VICP was established after lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers and healthcare providers threatened to cause vaccine shortages and reduce vaccination rates.

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This act, like the one recently established in Canada, also protects manufacturers from liability regarding adverse reactions and serious adverse reactions like death. It also uses taxpayer money to pay victims.

The VICP has paid out more than $4 billion dollars due to vaccine injuries. Since 2015, the program has paid out an average total of $216 million to an average of 615 claimants each year.

Those injured by COVID vaccines, however, are not eligible to go through the VICP because the shots are being rolled out under emergency use authorization. As long as vaccines are approved for emergency use in the United States, those injured by them have nowhere to turn. Nobody can be held accountable, neither the pharmaceutical companies nor the government.

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