The Australian government is quietly ahead of the curve with COVID-19 vaccine injury compensation. It’s a smart move and would be an inevitable ending to this.
The Australian government released a statement saying, “The program will pay the costs of injuries of $1,000 or more sustained as a result of the administration of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine or as a result of an adverse event thought to be caused by a COVID-19 vaccination.”
Did this have anything to do with Joe Biden saying there’s no federal solution to COVID-19?
The injury associated with the COVID-19 vaccine includes anaphylactic reaction, thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome, myocarditis, pericarditis, capillary leak syndrome, demyelinating disorders, including Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), and Thrombocytopenia, including immune Thrombocytopenia, identified as a final diagnosis.
Injuries not eligible include minor reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, but the one that doesn’t seem to fit is injury related to fainting. If the COVID-19 vaccine causes fainting, then the injury compensation should certainly cover everything that occurred when the patient fainted.
Biden’s going to have to venture down this path at some point as well. Biden knows that there are injuries, so do the FDA and the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing companies. With the Emergency Use Authorization in place, the PREP act covers the firms who manufacture the vaccinations, requiring the government to step in to reimburse damages. First, they’d have to acknowledge having injuries or continue to lie.
The PREP act specifically noted what an injury consists of. It says, “PREP Act immunity reaches ‘all claims for loss’ under federal and state law. Loss is broadly defined to mean a type of loss, including death, physical, mental, or emotional injury, illness, disability, or condition, fear of such injury, including medical monitoring costs, and loss of or damage to property, including business interruption loss.”
So liability protection runs deep in the EUA, and it’s not looking like the FDA will approve a COVID-19 vaccine that’s available in the United States anytime soon. That’s why they enjoy the EUA. Without it, they would be fully liable for any adverse reaction, and they would stop the COVID-19 vaccines in their tracks. Though the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for most people, it’s not safe for everyone, and there’s only one good way to tell it. That’s not a good position to put anyone in when their livelihood is at stake.