The State will be the responsible party if someone decides to file a lawsuit for the potential negative effects of the drug.
The purchase contracts signed by the Chilean Government with the pharmaceutical companies developing vaccines against the coronavirus legally protect these companies from liability, if the ultimate health risk that the people who have to be exposed to it, reports La Tercera.
As a result, if someone is vaccinated and later has a negative impact on their health or even dies, the affected person or their family will not have the manufacturer of the drug used to respond to legal action, so they would have to file a lawsuit against the State, as the Government authorized the use of the vaccine.
According to the newspaper, the Executive stated that these are the only terms, whereby the purchase of millions of doses of the pressurized vaccine can be negotiated to do so as quickly as possible and at a modest price. “There was no alternative”, they were assured by the Presidency.
Under these conditions, the Chilean Government on November 19 signed the purchase contract for 4 million doses from AstraZeneca, assuming on its own “reasonable legal costs […] due to death, physical, mental injury, disability or condition, in fear of the above, compensation to third parties of their property, and the interruption of the injured party’s business or a person connected with that injured person […] connected with or arising from the use or administration of the vaccine shipped or given to you. “
From the Presidency, it was noted that this point of the contract with AstraZeneca “it is identical or very similar in all contracts with laboratories, and according to those who have seen those signed with Pfizer and Janssen, they “. They also appear in the contract for the purchase of the vaccine from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech, adds the media.
Referring to La Moneda, the newspaper emphasizes that the governments of the European Union and Latin America have been consulted and that “the terms are the same.” “There is no option” to change these conditions, they added.