Published On: Thu, Oct 29th, 2020

WHO scheme may compensate people in poor countries against coronavirus vaccine side-effects

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A vaccine scheme co-led by the World Health Organization is setting up a compensation fund for people in poor nations who might suffer any side-effects from COVID-19 vaccines, aiming to allay fears that could hamper a global rollout of shots.

An Indian woman lowers her drinking mask near a sign explaining the correct use of the mask at a market in Bengaluru, India, on Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo / Aijaz Rahi)

The scheme is being set up by the promoters of the COVAX vaccine facility, which is co-led by the WHO and GAVI, a vaccine alliance, a COVAX document published on Thursday said.

The scheme could foot the bill for 92 low-income countries, meaning their governments would temporarily not be liable for claims from patients should anything go unexpectedly wrong.

However dozens of middle-income countries, such as South Africa, Lebanon, Gabon, Iran and most Latin American states, would not be offered this protection.

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by The Sen Times staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: Reuters

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