The state will be the responsible party if someone decides to file a lawsuit for possible negative impacts of the drug.
The purchase contracts signed by the Chilean government with the pharmaceutical companies that develop coronavirus vaccines legally protect these companies from liability, in the event of any health risk to which the inoculated people could be exposed, reports La Tercera.
Consequently, if someone is vaccinated and then has a negative impact on their health or even dies, the affected individual or their family will not get the manufacturer of the drug used to respond to legal action, so they should file a lawsuit against the state, as it was the government that authorized the use of the vaccine.
According to the newspaper, the Executive indicated that these are the only terms, in which the purchase of millions of doses of the vaccine could be negotiated under conditions of pressure to do so as quickly as possible and at a price moderate. “There was no alternative,” they said from the presidency.
“There is no other option”
Under these conditions, the Government of Chile signed on November 19 the contract for the purchase of 4 million doses in AstraZeneca, assuming on its own “reasonable legal costs […] by death, physical, mental, disability or condition damage, Fear of the above, damage or injury to third parties of their property, and interruption of business of the injured party or a person related to such injured person […] related to or arising from the use or administration of the vaccine sent or assigned in its place “.
From the Presidency noted that this point of the contract with AstraZeneca “is identical or very similar in all contracts with laboratories, and according to those who have seen those signed with Pfizer and Janssen, so they are “. They also appear in the purchase contract of the vaccine from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech, the media adds.
With reference to the Currency, the newspaper he stresses that he consulted with governments of the European Union and Latin America and “the terms are the same.” “There is no option” to change these conditions, they added.