Makers of Experimental COVID-19 Vaccines Lobby EU for Liability Protection

Makers of Experimental COVID-19 Vaccines Lobby EU for Liability Protection

Vaccines Europe, a pharmaceutical industry lobbying group, has issued a memo to its member companies saying it would seek liability protection from the European Union (EU) for corporations manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines. The memo, obtained by the Financial Times, expressed concern about the “inevitable risks” of rushing the development and global marketing of COVID-19 vaccines.1 2 3 According to the document:

The speed and scale of development and rollout do mean that it is impossible to generate the same amount of underlying evidence that normally would be available through extensive clinical trials and healthcare providers building experience.

Vaccines Europe added that for this reason it will advocate for a “comprehensive no-fault and non-adversarial compensation system, and an exemption from civil liability.” The memo acknowledged that some people will likely suffer “adverse events” after receiving COVID-19 vaccines and that, given the large number of people who will get the vaccines, this might lead to “numerous damage claims.”1 2 3

The precedent that such liability protection would set worries Yannis Natsis, a patient representative on the management board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). “This kind of discussion around giving companies a free pass, this undermines patient safety and confidence in vaccines,” Natsis said.4

On Aug. 27, 2020, AstraZeneca signed a contract with the EU exempting the company from future liability claims in exchange for supplying EU countries with at least 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by mid-2021.3 The Brussels Times reported:

In its current form, the [AstraZeneca] deal allows the multinational drugmaker to pass the hot potato of product liability onto national governments, leaving them exposed to the financial consequences of any potential side-effect claims.3

During negotiations leading up to the contract, Ruud Dober, a senior executive with AstraZeneca, said, “This is a unique situation where we as a company simply cannot take the risk if in four years the vaccine is showing side effects. Dober added, “In the contracts we have in place, we are asking for indemnification. For most countries it is acceptable to take that risk on their shoulders because it is in their national interest.”5 6

AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford have been working to develop an experimental COVID-19 vaccine known as AZD1222 (formerly ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 or “chimpanzee adenovirus Oxford 1” novel coronavirus-19).7 On Aug. 15, 2002, the results of a Phase I/II human clinical trial for AZD1222 were published in The Lancet. The trial involved 1,077 healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 55 years old and data showed that AZD1222 caused side effects—both local and systemic reactions—in approximately 60 percent of the trial participants.8 9

Vaccines Europe, which is a division of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, represent numerous major pharmaceutical companies, including Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, CureVac, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Novavax, Pfizer, Sanofi, Seqirus and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.2 10


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7 Responses to "Makers of Experimental COVID-19 Vaccines Lobby EU for Liability Protection"

  1. Lawrence Greenberg   September 1, 2020 at 10:57 am

    “Makers of Experimental COVID-19 Vaccines Lobby EU for Liability Protection”

    In other words, they want to make the big profits but not be held responsible or accountable for what will likely be a large body count due to the use of what is effectively untested vaccines using new technology with completely unknown and unknowable short- and long-term adverse effects. Personally, I will not be allowing ANYONE to inject that poison into my body or the body of any of my family members.

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  2. Gram   September 1, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Of course they lobby for liability protection! Big Pharma is at the top of the deep state pyramid of corruption, deception, greed; crimes against humanity!

    Anyone see any conflicts of interest here in the fine print of their trial?
    Contributors SCG and AJP conceived and designed the trial and AJP is the chief investigator. AJP, PMF, DJ, HR, and MV contributed to the protocol and design of the study. AF, PH, RL, KMP, SNF, BA, and AVSH were the study site principal investigators. DB, MB, CD, SBi, SBe, EAC, TL, KJE, ALF, BH, RM, and SB-R were responsible for laboratory testing and assay development. PKA, DJ, HR, PMF, AMM, MR, and MS contributed to the implementation of the study. MV conducted the statistical analysis. CG, ADD, and RT were responsible for vaccine manufacturing. TL and SCG were responsible for vaccine development. AVSH and SCG developed the ChAdOx1 vector. TL, KJE, MV, SCG, AVSH, PMF, and AJP contributed to the preparation of the report. All other authors contributed to the implementation of the study and data collection. All authors critically reviewed and approved the final version.
    Declaration of interests

    SCG is co-founder and board member of Vaccitech (collaborators in the early development of this vaccine candidate) and named as an inventor on a patent covering use of ChAdOx1-vectored vaccines and a patent application covering this SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. TL is named as an inventor on a patent application covering this SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and consultant to Vaccitech. PMF is a consultant to Vaccitech. AJP is Chair of the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI), but does not participate in policy advice on coronavirus vaccines, and is a member of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). AVSH is a co-founder of and consultant to Vaccitech and is named as an inventor on a patent covering design and use of ChAdOx1-vectored vaccines. AF is a member of JCVI, Chair of the WHO European Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation, an ex-officio member of WHO SAGE working group on COVID-19 vaccines, and acting director of National Institute for Health Research West of England Local Clinical Research Network. KMP reports grants from the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and Gilead Sciences, and personal fees from Sanofi Pasteur, outside of the submitted work. MS reports grants from Janssen, GlaxoSmithKline, Medimmune, Novavax, and MCM and grants and non-financial support from Pfizer, outside of the submitted work. CG reports personal fees from the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, outside of the submitted work. ADD reports grants and personal fees from AstraZeneca, outside of the submitted work. In addition, ADD has a patent manufacturing process for ChAdOx vectors with royalties paid to AstraZeneca, and a patent ChAdOx2 vector with royalties paid to AstraZeneca. The other authors declare no competing interests.

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  3. Tom   September 1, 2020 at 11:18 am

    That tells me all I need to know about vaccines, period! In the US, our Congress sold out to Big Pharma 25 years ago and now we have vaccines being injected into youngsters like candy. Of course, we never get the truth about what these dozens of vaccines are made of. It’s another failure of government to protect its citizens in the name of payoffs and bribes. Already in 2020, Big Pharma has paid over 300 Congressional members $11 million. You have to wonder why. What are they going to hide when the untested fake vaccines come out for Covid?

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  4. Joy Metcalf   September 1, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I loved the comment about “the precedent it would set”. Welcome to our world, here in the U.S.

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  5. Alex Gregis   September 1, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    What are the drug companies worried about,their shots are safe,right? They are thieving liars,let them all get the shots first and their families and after a year if they are still kicking maybe I’ll think about it!

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  6. Linda Stevenson   September 1, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Bill Gates has said he will reduce the population by 10/15% with vaccines, that’s a lot of deaths considering the world has 7.8 Billion people. Not to mention the possibility of permanent sterilisation.

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  7. Linda   September 4, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Just how infuriating can these actions be? The vaccine clearly detrimentally affects a far higher percentage(c60%) than those that have had COVID (c0.3%) … then next year will they do the same as it will naturally mutate? The following year will they do the same again? And on and on … eventually the death numbers from the vaccine will far outway the virus. This is all cloak and daggers … who in their right mind is willing to accept the risk of some horrendous side effect for the rest of their lives, without compensation from the manufacturer .. for the sake of a virus, that the vast majority of people don’t even know they have had, and official numbers have been horrendously skewed?

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