The World Health Organization and Chubb Limited have agreed on a no-fault compensation scheme for COVID-19 vaccinations for low- and middle-income countries.
The new programme from WHO and Chubb will make compensation available to eligible individuals for COVID-19 vaccination injuries without the need to resort to law courts. The agreement was signed on behalf of the COVAX Facility.
The scheme is the first, and currently the only, vaccine injury compensation mechanism operating on an international scale, and will offer eligible individuals in Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) eligible countries and economies a fast, fair, robust, and transparent process to receive compensation for rare but serious adverse events associated with COVAX-distributed vaccines until 30 June 2022.
A world first
It will provide a no-fault lump-sum compensation in full as well as a final settlement of any claims. ESIS, as the independent administrator of the programme, was selected in accordance with WHO’s procurement rules and procedures and charges no fees to applicants.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said: “The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has been matched by the largest ever rollout of new vaccines under the ACT-Accelerator and its vaccines pillar, COVAX…