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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Vaccine makers must agree to waiver of responsibility to protect against COVID-19 vaccines: Former HHS official

COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers and federal health authorities should remove protection from injections if they insist on vaccinating children, a former HHS official said.

“Leave the kids alone,” Dr. Paul Alexander, a senior Trump administration’s COVID-19 pandemic policy officer, told EpochTV in a recent interview with Leaders of American Thought.

“If you can’t, Dr. Fauci, Dr. Walenski, Dr. Francis Collins, all vaccine manufacturers should come to the table, put the liability protections on the table and take it away,” he added.

Dr. Anthony Fauci heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Rochelle Walenski heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Collins heads the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Following the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration enforced a law called the Population Preparedness and Emergencies Act, or PREP Act, in March 2020.

The law allows the Secretary of Health to issue a declaration providing immunity to certain individuals and organizations in the event of any claim for damages. This includes vaccine manufacturers and pharmacies.

The emergency announcement has changed from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to the Injury Compensation Countermeasures Program (CICP) when people ask for compensation if they believe a vaccine or other product has harmed them or their loved ones.

Since 2010, program administrators have found that only 40 claims are eligible for compensation. None of the claims are related to COVID-19 products. As of October 1, no claims related to COVID-19 have been confirmed; three were rejected.

The CICP reported 1,357 claims of injury or death from COVID-19 vaccines and 1801 claims of injury or death from other COVID-19 response.

“The CICP is working to process applications as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson for the Office of Resources and Health Services, which operates under the program, told The Epoch Times in an email on Wednesday.

“For most of the COVID-19 response claims, including the COVID-19 vaccine claims, CICP is still awaiting records and documentation. Applicants are allowed to file the required medical records after a grievance is filed, and this is the most important factor in the CICP’s grievance processing time. The CICP makes the forms available to requesters, which they can use to request required records from their healthcare providers, and contacts requesters to submit any required records, ”he added.

The program was created, as a spokesman previously said, “so that in the very unlikely event that a person will be seriously injured or killed as a result of a covered response that includes COVID-19 vaccines, they could be considered for benefits.”

The only exception to immunity from liability is when a natural or legal person commits “willful misconduct” or an act or omission that is “deliberately done to achieve an unlawful purpose; knowingly without legal or factual justification; and ignoring a known or apparent risk that is so great that the harm is likely to outweigh the benefit. “

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Syringes with Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 can be seen at the Beaumont Health office in Southfield, Michigan on November 5, 2021 (Jeff Kowalski / AFP via Getty Images)

“I’m worried about what President Trump has done,” Alexander told The Epoch Times. “These people are exempt from responsibility.”

Children are at low risk of contracting severe cases of COVID-19, but Pfizer’s shot was allowed for 5-year-olds last month because officials raised concerns about 94 children aged 5-11 whose deaths were related to COVID – 19 and 8 400 children in this age group who needed inpatient care.

This is a death rate of 0.004 percent and a hospitalization rate of 0.4 percent.

During the 2019-2020 flu season, children aged 5 to 17 had more flu deaths than COVID-19 in the 5 to 11 age group in about the year ending in September.

“Vaccinating your children can help protect them from COVID-19, as well as reduce disruptions to personal learning and class, helping to limit transmission in the community,” the CDC said in a statement after advising every child in the age group to receive an injection. …

According to research and real-world data, vaccine protection against infection is significantly reduced after a few months after administration. The effectiveness of vaccinations also decreases over time with severe illness and hospitalization, although the lag is much less significant.

Some parents and experts praised the permit, saying it would help protect more children, and more than three million children aged 5 to 11 have already received full vaccinations, according to the CDC.

However, critics like Alexander say many children do not need the vaccine and that the immunity given to vaccine manufacturers does not help them believe federal guidelines. They also note that there are no data on medium and long term safety.

“Why would I flaunt my child? You have no exposure, ”- Alexander. “So remove the protection. Give me some confidence as a parent and then we can talk about getting my family vaccinated. I know they don’t. But I tell you that the problem is remove the defense from liability, then we will talk about vaccinating children. For now, leave them alone. “

NIAID declined to comment. CDC, NIH, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson did not respond to requests for comment.

Jan Jekilek

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Ian Jekilek is senior editor for The Epoch Times and host of Leaders of American Thought. Jan’s career spans academia, the media and international advocacy. In 2009, he joined The Epoch Times on a full-time basis and has held various positions, including being the chief editor of the website. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary Finding Manny.

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Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and court cases. He started out for The Epoch Times as a reporter in the New York City subway.

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