Covid-19 Vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna Immune From Side Effects of Drugs
It’s been on the news that big pharmaceutical companies producing the vaccines for Covid-19 have been given immunity from any damage or liability that may arise from the use of these vaccines.
Under the PREP Act, big pharmaceutical companies such as Moderna and Pfizer have almost total immunity from damages if something unintentionally goes wrong with their vaccines.
But giant drug companies like Pfizer has continued to reassure the public that no shortcuts were taken. “This is a vaccine that was developed without cutting corners,” CEO Dr. Albert Bourla said in an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday. “This is a vaccine that is getting approved by all authorities in the world. That should say something.”
Mandatory vaccination protocols, however, may not happen until the FDA formally approves the vaccines and grants Pfizer and BioNTech or Moderna a license to sell them, which will take several more months of data to show their safety and effectiveness.
“An emergency use authorization is not a license,” said Reiss. “There’s a legal question as to whether you can mandate an emergency observation. The language in the act is somewhat unclear on that.” However the government has taken responsibility in case there is any issue or damage that may arise as a result of its usage.