Europe – EU vows to hold COVID vaccine firms liable for side effects

Developers of COVID-19 vaccines used in the European Union will be legally liable in the event of hidden defects or other problems with their products, a senior official at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) has vowed.
 
Last month, Reuters reported that differing opinions over the level of legal protection that should be afforded to developers of COVID-19 vaccines were hampering efforts to strike deals for the products needed to protect EU citizens against the coronavirus. While the US government has agreed to be liable for the vaccines, the EU has proven less willing to shift responsibility away from manufacturers.
 
Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) raised the topic in a discussion with DG SANTE Deputy Director-General Sandra Gallina earlier this week…