The Morrison government has given the suppliers of two COVID-19 vaccines indemnity against prosecution for side effects that experts say are “inevitable” when a vaccine is rolled out.

The government will not set up a statutory compensation scheme, meaning Australians who suffered ‘extremely rare’ side effects would face a tough battle to seek compensation.

As part of its $1.7 billion deals to secure more than 84.8 million doses of vaccines, the federal government has indemnified the suppliers – meaning they cannot be held liable for adverse events caused by the vaccines.

Plans to distribute the vaccine quickly across the population once successful phase three trials are complete mean the full safety picture will not be known when the first doses are administered.

British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is the sponsor of the Oxford University vaccine, while the University of Queensland vaccine is being marketed by Seqirus (CSL).

By MSN News

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