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Liability for COVID-19 Vaccine Harms: We Need to Do Better

Bill of Health

COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe , and serious harms are rare. But rare does not mean the risk is zero; thus, we need a way to determine which people have plausible claims of harm from the vaccines, and we must then compensate them quickly and generously. By Dorit Reiss. Nevertheless, rare injuries do happen.

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What Happened to the COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver?

Bill of Health

In June 2022, after almost two years of debate over a potential COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver, the World Trade Organization adopted the Ministerial Decision on the TRIPS Agreement (“WTO Decision”), which provided for a partial waiver of intellectual property rights. appeared first on Bill of Health. By Sarah Gabriele.

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COVID-19: Vaccine mandate enforced in Austria

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With rising case numbers in across the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region and the rest of Europe, a fully vaccinated status might become compulsory for the use of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) soon – at least in some countries. WHY IT MATTERS. ON THE RECORD.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Infringement? The Battle Between Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Continues

Bill of Health

Last month, the patent battle between COVID-19 mRNA vaccine manufacturers continued with BioNTech/Pfizer filing a strong defense and counter-claim to Moderna’s allegations of patent infringement. Interestingly, as of January 12, 2023, Moderna has listed 10 patents covering Spikevax (its mRNA vaccine) on its website.

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COVID-19 vaccine saved millions of lives, study calculates

Healthcare Dive

The vaccines also reduced infections and hospitalizations, which freed up hospital resources, researchers at the Commonwealth Fund and Yale School of Public Health concluded.

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Human Rights Principles in Public Health Emergencies: From the Siracusa Principles to COVID-19 and Beyond

Bill of Health

Yet when COVID-19 – the greatest health emergency in a century – devastated the world, the Siracusa Principles seemed unequal to the task – too narrow, including with their remit limited to civil and political rights, not sufficiently specific, and above all, without sufficient accountability.

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The Supreme Court’s Rulings on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, Explained

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The Court placed COVID-19 in the latter category. Per the Court, such an approach would take “on the character of a general public health measure, rather than an ‘ occupational safety or health standard'” that falls within OSHA’s authority to establish. The CMS Case.