The World Health Organizations announced that it will give compensation to eligible individuals in 92 low- and middle-income countries without need to resort to law courts.
“By providing a no-fault lump-sum compensation in full and final settlement of any claims, the COVAX programme aims to significantly reduce the need for recourse to the law courts, a potentially lengthy and costly process,” WHO said in a statement.
WHO said that the compensation offered will be “fast, fair, robust and transparent” process.
The COVAX compensation program will be accessed through its website (www.covaxclaims.com) starting March 31, 2021. The site will also include protocols of the program, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and information on how to submit an application.
Eligible individuals may apply for compensation under the program once the portal becomes operational.
Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) donor fund will be initially used for the compensation program.
The WHO-agreed plan was to cover any serious side effects connected to any COVAX-distributed immunizations until June 30, 2022.
WHO said it is “the first and only vaccine injury compensation mechanism operating on an international scale.”