Refugees Don’t Have COVID Shots Because Drugmakers Don’t Want To Be Sued

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According to Gavi, the non-profit organization that runs the program, and internal documents reviewed by Reuters, tens of millions of migrants may be denied COVID-19 vaccines from a global program because some major manufacturers are concerned about legal risks from harmful side effects, according to officials and internal documents from Gavi, the charity that runs the program.

Only around 7 percent of individuals in low-income nations have gotten a vaccine over two years after the outbreak began, which has already claimed the lives of more than 5 million people.


Production challenges, stockpiling by wealthy nations, export prohibitions, and bureaucratic red tape have all contributed to the delay in vaccine supply throughout the globe. Many programs have also been impeded by apprehension on the part of the general population.

Professionals believe unvaccinated persons provide a perfect habitat for the coronavirus to evolve into new strains that endanger hard-won immunity throughout the globe. The legal considerations are an additional challenge for public health officials combating the coronavirus.

As reported by the United Nations, several COVID-19 vaccine makers have demanded that nations indemnify them for any adverse outcomes that may occur as a consequence of the immunizations.

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That is not conceivable in countries where governments do not have control.

People who have been displaced by the Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Ethiopian crises, as well as those who are beyond the reach of national immunization programs, are particularly at risk from these issues.

Refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers, as well as those affected by natural disasters or other events that place them out of reach of government assistance, can benefit from the COVAX global vaccination program, which established a Humanitarian Buffer, a last-resort supply of vaccines to be administered by humanitarian organizations.

Gavi, or the vaccine alliance, is a public-private cooperation that was established in 2000 to promote immunization around the globe, particularly in developing countries.

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