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RFK Jr running mate Nicole Shanahan — anti-vaccine tropes

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a law professor, critiques Nicole Shanahan’s misunderstanding of vaccine compensation systems and adverse event monitoring, following Shanahan’s inaccurate tweets. Shanahan, running mate of anti-vaccine presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., incorrectly identified VAERS as a compensatory body and propagated misconceptions about vaccine injuries and compensation responsibilities. Reiss clarifies the role of VAERS, explaining its function as a monitoring database not involved in compensation, and discusses the actual compensation systems (VICP and CICP), emphasizing their benefits over the tort system proposed by Shanahan. Reiss’s article aims to correct misinformation and advocate for accurate understanding of vaccine safety and compensation mechanisms.

COVID-19 vaccine liability

COVID-19 vaccine liability – what are the legal facts and limits

This article about COVID-19 vaccine liability was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA), who is a frequent contributor to this and many other blogs, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines, medical issues, social policy, and the law.

Professor Reiss writes extensively in law journals about the social and legal policies of vaccination. Additionally, Reiss is also a member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable disease. She is also a member of the Vaccines Working Group on Ethics and Policy.

I have been getting many questions about vaccine manufacturers and liability. Here is a short answer. There are limits to the ability to sue manufacturers for injuries from routine vaccines given to children or pregnant women. They are not absolute and are accompanied by a compensation program that is easier to win in than the regular courts.

There are very strong limits on the ability to sue manufacturers of emergency products – not just vaccines. Those are accompanied by a very hard to use compensation program, that provides limited compensation.

Ideally, I would like to see COVID-19 vaccine liability moved to the routine compensation program.

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