Why aren't manufacturers responsible for COVID-19 vaccine side-effects?


Welcome to Video 18 of our series on Understanding Vaccines with Dr Noluthando Nematswerani, Head of the Discovery Health Centre for Clinical Excellence. Here we learn why manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines aren't held responsible for potential side effects.

Most of the companies that developed and manufactured the COVID-19 vaccines currently available today have also developed many other treatments that are used to treat a range of healthcare conditions. Companies like Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are not new to the industry and understand the cost balance necessary when it comes to a global health emergency, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Liability raises costs, which would make vaccines widely unaffordable

If vaccine manufacturers took liability for vaccine-related side effects, it would have impacted the cost of the vaccines and made them prohibitively expensive for millions of people worldwide.

Understandably, if a treatment is simply not affordable to most markets, it would be impossible to achieve the widespread use of COVID-19 vaccines, which is what's encouraged by leading health authorities and governments around the world to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Their goal? To save lives and livelihoods, reduce the burden of healthcare and allow communities and economies to rebuild to pre-pandemic strengths. Watch Dr Noluthando explain it here:

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