Liability Issues Related to COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturing and Global Distribution [August 19, 2021] [open pdf - 535KB]
From the Background: "In March 2021, the United States announced efforts to donate Coronavirus Disease2019 (COVID-19) vaccines abroad. In many high-income countries, vaccines and other medical countermeasures are playing a critical role in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Vaccine distribution efforts in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have been comparatively slow for a variety of reasons, raising concerns about how inequities may hinder pandemic control. Some vaccine manufacturers and others willing to donate COVID-19 vaccines are concerned about legal exposure should there be adverse health events arising from COVID-19 vaccination outside of the United States. [...] This In Focus discusses potential liability issues that vaccine manufacturers and donors may face and options Congress might consider while deliberating vaccine distribution and liability issues."
CRS In Focus, IF11905
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/