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Ukraine’s parliament lifts responsibility for Covid-19 vaccines’ consequences from medics, producers

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, in case of such consequences, the state provides compensation payments in the order prescribed by the Cabinet of Ministers
15:21, 19 March 2021

Verkhovna Rada
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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the first reading and in general bill #5247 that lifts any responsibility for consequences from the producers of vaccines against Covid-19, medical employees and everyone involved in the holding of the vaccination program. 236 MPs supported the decision as 112.ua.tv reported.

“Considering the circumstances under which the vaccines were developed for the prevention of Covid-19 that are used within the permission for urgent use for the fight against the pandemic, the partakers of COVAX mechanism agree to release the producers of vaccines against Covid-19 from responsibility for particular risks that might appear as a result of the use of these vaccines,” the explanatory note states.

The document amends the law of Ukraine On drugs toward the state registration of the vaccines or other medical immunobiological preparations under the obligations.

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Particularly, the law was added with the next: “After the state registration of vaccines and other medical immunobiological preparations for specific prevention of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) under the obligations for urgent medical use the central body of the executive power that provides the formation and implements the state policy in the health sphere on the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has a right to undertake obligations from the name of Ukraine tied with the use of vaccine or other  medical immunobiological preparations for specific prevention of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the state registration of which was held in correspondence with the demands of the current article, including the refusal from sovereign immunity in possible disputes toward such commitments, as well as release from general liability of the producer and/or owner of the product license, including medical employees involved in the holding of events tied with the vaccination for any consequences tied with the use of such vaccines or other medical immunobiological preparations for specific prevention of coronavirus disease (Covid-19)”.

On March 18, the Committee on National Health, Medical Care and Health Insurance recommended the Verkhovna Rada to adopt bill #5247. The norm was added that medical workers are to be free from liability for possible consequences if the use of vaccines or other immunobiological drugs took place in accordance with the approved instructions.

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However, in case of such consequences, the state provides compensation payments in the order prescribed by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The law will act for four years.

Moreover, the Cabinet of Ministers should develop and implement the order of provision of the compensation during a month.

Earlier, it was reported that Ukraine is not going to suspend the vaccination campaign with the use of CoviShield drug produced by the Serum Institute of India.

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