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

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In Brief

  • 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?

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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.

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.

Given the amount of injuries that have already been reported, this is quite convenient for the companies as well as the government.

An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine explains,

The United States has developed a robust system for vaccine-injury compensation to alleviate the burdens of adverse medical consequences of vaccines. But this system will be unavailable to people who receive Covid-19 vaccines during the declared public health emergency. All potential vaccine recipients, and especially people in high-risk communities, therefore face a dilemma: should they risk becoming infected or risk having a vaccine injury without sufficient access to compensation?

This has been a concern throughout the pandemic. As of October 15, 2021, VAERS recorded 122,833 serious adverse events, of those 17,128 resulted in death, post administration of COVID vaccines.

There are also concerns and experiences many people have had that don’t seem to be investigated at all, one of multiple reasons why, as mentioned above, the majority of vaccine injuries go unreported. One example was recently tweeted by Dr. Aseem Malhotra, well known cardiologist, who recently raised his concerns regarding vaccine induced heart inflammation.

All of these issues and concerns continue to be completely unacknowledged by mainstream media. These facts have also been caught in the dragnet of social media “fact checking” and as a result, a large portion of the citizenry remains unaware of them.

What does this say about the current state of our world and our ability to easily access important information?

Instead of presenting the other side of the coin many may not want to hear, those who bring up these points are simply labelled as “anti vaccine conspiracy theorists.” There are a number of viral immunologists, epidemiologists and doctors who have been labelled as such during this pandemic.

It will be interesting to see if India saying no to these pharmaceutical companies will inspire others to do the same thing.

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