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National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China
Oct 31: Daily briefing on novel coronavirus cases in China
On Oct 30, 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps on the Chinese mainland reported 33 new cases of confirmed infections.
Vaccine makers might need insurance
Experts have welcomed a draft regulation on compulsory insurance for Chinese vaccine manufacturers, saying it will better protect the legal rights of vaccine recipients and strengthen oversight of the industry.
The draft regulation, released by the National Medical Products Administration for a month’s public consultation earlier this month, includes mandatory liability insurance for all licensed vaccine suppliers on the Chinese mainland to ensure they can provide compensation for recipients injured or killed by substandard vaccines.
It mandates the establishment of a nationwide minimum liability limit, with at least 500,000 yuan ($74,800) in compensation for a death and indemnities for injuries determined by appraisal results.
“The overall safety and quality of domestic vaccines is well guaranteed. But vaccine products, from China or overseas, always carry inevitable risks, so devising an adequate compensation mechanism in advance is necessary,” said Du Yifang, a law professor at Fudan University in Shanghai.
By enlisting insurance firms’ mediation in disputes arising from inoculations, people will be able to obtain adequate compensation more quickly and cheaply, she added.
China’s Drug Administration Law, which also applies to vaccines, already stipulates that people harmed by substandard drugs are entitled to compensation. However, Yang Yue, a professor at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in Shenyang, Liaoning province, who specializes in administration of the sector, said vaccine makers would likely struggle to afford such payouts.
“Vaccines are administered to a large number of healthy people, so defective products will result in severe harm and cause large-scale incidents,” she said. “In addition to seeking accountability, it is equally significant to deliver assistance to vaccine recipients and protect their legal rights.
“Compulsory insurance of vaccines is thus a crucial tool to spread risks traditionally borne by vaccine makers and add an additional layer of protection for consumers.”..