It’s a first. But it is also a delicate matter. The World Health Organization (WHO) has just launched a compensation mechanism for people who have suffered unwanted side effects related to vaccines delivered by Covax. This program aims to facilitate access to vaccines in poor countries. Its objective: to deliver one billion doses by the end of 2021 to 92 countries. Enough to vaccinate 20% of their population.
In agreement with the assisted countries, the mechanism limits the right of appeal to the courts of injured parties “to avoid procedures which can prove to be long and costly”. In the event of an approved complaint, the WHO provides for the payment of “a lump sum compensation for full and final settlement”.