A health worker with the National Hospital taking the COVID-19 jab during the launch of the vaccination campaign in Abuja on Friday, March 5
The ECOWAS Vaccines Taskforce has recommended compensation for citizens who may suffer side effects or injury from the COVID-19 vaccination.
The Director- General, West African Health Organization, WAHO, Professor Stanley Okolo, stated this at the 5th Virtual Regional Steering Committee meeting of the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) project.
According to Professor Okolo, it was one of the resolutions adopted by the Taskforce and presented to the ECOWAS Ministerial Coordinating Committee to encourage citizens to receive the vaccines.
He explained that the indemnity was being addressed by the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access; the global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by the Global Vaccine Alliance Initiative (GAVI), the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and other stakeholders.
“This is one of the issues now being taken up by COVAX, the global body that has been set up by WHO and GAVI to look at how they indemnify some of the companies regarding the vaccines they supplied. It’s not so much as indemnify but making sure there are reasoned claims against the companies.” Professor Okolo stated.
The WAHO DG, said that the objective of the Regional Steering Committee meeting was to assess the implementation of the REDISSE project, evaluate progress achieved towards meeting project objectives, and make recommendations for enhancing the implementation and achieving the objectives.