The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday the creation of a program that allows to compensate people vaccinated against covid-19 who have serious adverse reactions, preventing them from going to court, a time-consuming and expensive means.
The unprecedented program covers only people from 92 countries eligible (poorest) for vaccines financed by the universal and equitable distribution mechanism Covax, co-managed by WHO.
The initiative, at no cost to beneficiaries, is subsidized by Covax financiers, through a small fee added to each vaccine dose distributed until June 30, 2022.
In a statement, published on the organization’s website, WHO says that it is “a fast, fair and transparent procedure ” to compensate for possible vaccination sufferers who have “rare but serious adverse effects”.
The WHO notes that, although covid-19 vaccines purchased or distributed by Covax have a “regulatory approval” or “emergency use authorization” that confirm their safety and effectiveness, they can, “in rare cases”, as “Happens with all medications”, cause “serious adverse reactions”.
Until March 31, a portal will be made available with information about the program and how to access the compensation.
In the usual press conference call, WHO indicated that 200 million doses of vaccines have already been administered worldwide, without any “alarm signal” in terms of security.
This Monday, the WHO director accused “Certain rich countries to undermine” the system of equitable distribution of vaccines against covid-19, Covax, by persisting in the direct approach to manufacturers to access the immunizer.
“Some rich countries are currently approaching manufacturers to guarantee access to additional doses of vaccines, which has an effect on contracts with Covax, and the number of doses allocated to Covax has been reduced because of this,” criticized Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a joint press conference by videoconference with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
WHO recommends further study on the virus
The WHO expert group) that visited China to study the origin of the covid-19 pandemic will recommend a “deeper” contact tracking of the first known patient.
According to American television CNN, experts also want to know more about the supply chain of nearly a dozen traders in the Huanan market in the city of Wuhan, which is believed to have played a key role in the spread of the disease in late 2019.
The WHO panel’s recommendations will follow several key points of the investigation, according to sources familiar with the preliminary report cited by the CNN.
First, the experts will ask for more details about the contact history of the patient treated on December 8, 2019in Wuhan – the first case confirmed by Chinese scientists. He is an office worker, in his 40s, who has not traveled, nor has a history of contacts with others infected.
This patient was with the WHO team and, at the end of the meeting, indicated that his parents visited “a local fresh produce market in Wuhan”, not the Huanan market.
Peter Daszak, a member of the WHO team, noted that Chinese scientists ensured that the patient’s parents tested negative for the disease, but did not appear to have tracked their contacts in that market.
Independent scientists told the CNN that Chinese experts should have carried out further investigation into the origins of the virus several months ago.
Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to US President Joe Biden, said on Sunday thatand China did not provide “sufficient important data” on the origin and subsequent spread of the coronavirus.
“They are about to publish a report on the origins of the pandemic in Wuhan, China, which we have doubts about, because we do not believe that China has made enough data available on the origins, on how the pandemic started in China, and then around the world, ”said the official to CBS News.
On February 9, the World Health Organization (WHO) mission, which investigated the origin of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, ruled out the possibility that the virus originated in a laboratory. “I am not in a position to say how the covid-19 came into this world. I am only in a position to ask WHO to do its job, ”he said.