Montana Activists Warn from Bridge: Vaccine Manufacturers Immune from Damages

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Health activists placed the giant banners in Billings on the Sugar Avenue Bridge for motorists to see while driving by. Their message was simple; COVID-19 manufacturers are immune (*ahem*) from damages caused by the vaccine. In other words, think twice about whether or not to inject yourself with a hastily-created chemical cocktail that its makers won’t be responsible for if it goes badly.

The group that is responsible for the bridge banner is Montanans for Vaccine Choice. And frankly, regardless of what the Facebook “fact-checkers” might say about it, they aren’t lying.

According to 42 U.S. Code § 300aa–22, manufacturers of vaccines cannot face monetary or civil damages for creating a vaccine that hurts people (see below).

The code reads, “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death…”

That law was strengthened earlier this Spring by the U.S. Congress who wanted to fast-track a vaccine preventative cure for COVID-19.

As The Intercept reports, “But what will happen to the companies that make and market the vaccine if people discover they’ve been harmed by a product that was hastily brought to market? According to a law passed this spring, pretty much nothing. An amendment to the PREP Act, which was updated in April, stipulates that companies “cannot be sued for money damages in court” over injuries caused by medical countermeasures for Covid-19. Such countermeasures include vaccines, therapeutics, and respiratory devices. The only exception to this immunity is if death or serious physical injury is caused by “willful misconduct.” And even then, the people who are harmed will have to meet heightened standards for “willful misconduct” that are favorable to defendants.”

According to Ameet Sarpatwari of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, the COVID-19 law is, “an extreme departure from the norms.”

So please keep in mind that no matter the side-effects of the largely untested COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine producers cannot be held liable for damages. And this law is relatively new and was passed – or at least strengthened – for the Great Coronavirus Panic of 2020.

What could possibly go wrong?




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