The state will be responsible if someone decides to sue for possible adverse effects of the drug.
The procurement agreements signed by the Chilean government with the pharmaceutical companies that develop coronavirus vaccines legally protect the mentioned companies from liability, in case of a possible health risk to which the inoculated persons could be exposed, reports La Terrace.
Consequently, if someone is vaccinated and later has a negative impact on their health or even dies, the affected individual or their family will not make the drug manufacturer respond to legal action, so they will have to file a lawsuit against the state because the Government was the one who allowed the use of the vaccine.
According to the newspaper, the CEO pointed out that these are the only terms in which one can negotiate the purchase of millions of doses of the vaccine under pressure to do it as quickly as possible and at a moderate price. “There was no alternative,” the presidency assured.
“There is no other choice”
“Under these conditions, the Chilean government signed an agreement on November 19 to purchase 4 million doses of AstraZeneka, assuming that on its own behalf.”reasonable legal costs […] due to death, physical, mental injury, disability or condition, fear of the above, damage to third parties from their property and business interruption of the injured party or a person related to the said injured person […] related to or arising out of the use or administration of the vaccine sent to you.
The Presidency pointed out that this point of the agreement with AstraZeneka “is identical or very similar in all the agreements with the laboratories and according to those who saw the ones signed with Pfizer and Jansen, they are “. They also appear in the contract for procurement of the vaccine from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotek, the media added.
Regarding La Moneda, the newspaper emphasizes that the governments of the European Union and Latin America have been consulted and “the terms are the same”. “There is no option” to change these conditions, they added.