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Govt: Not liable for Covid vaccination deaths

Govt: Not liable for Covid vaccination deaths

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 29

Noting that there’s no legal compulsion to get vaccinated, the Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that governments can’t be held liable to compensate for deaths due to side-effects of Covid vaccination as vaccines were manufactured by third parties.

“The vaccines in use under the vaccination programme are manufactured by third parties and have successfully undergone thorough regulatory review in India as well as other nations. In these facts, holding the state directly liable to provide compensation under the narrow scope of strict liability for extremely rare cases of death occurring due to ‘Adverse Effects Following Immunisation’ (AEFI) from the use of vaccines may not be legally sustainable,” the Centre said in an affidavit.

The affidavit has been filed in response to a petition filed by parents of two girls (aged 19 years and 20 years), who died allegedly due to the adverse effects of Covishield vaccine, seeking significant monetary compensation. They also sought setting up of an independent expert medical board to investigate the deaths of their daughters.

However, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said there was “no material to suggest how the state can be fastened with strict liability for the tragic death of the respective children of the petitioners” even as it expressed condolences for the deaths in question.

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