A Center for Disease Control Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meets today and will likely vote on Thursday to add the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID shots to the child and adolescent immunization schedules for children who attend public schools.
By adding the COVID shots to the childhood schedule, the committee will transfer liability for vaccine injuries to the federal government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This delivers permanent legal protection to Pfizer and Moderna by allowing them to bring an FDA-approved shot to the market without facing lawsuits and bring in billions of dollars in revenues for the drug companies.
Pharmaceutical companies are not liable for injuries or deaths associated with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) injections but can be held liable for injuries caused by a fully licensed “vaccine,” unless that shot is added to the CDC’s childhood schedule. This means liability protection also includes the adult COVID shots as well. This will allow the pharmaceutical companies to escape product liability which means the “emergency” can end, but the liability protection continues.
In March 2020, the federal government invoked the PREP Act, which gave Pfizer and Moderna a tort liability shield due to the declared “public health emergency,” which the government is reportedly going to revoke in early 2023. The companies’ emergency use authorization shots have since been protected by the federal government through this 2005 congressional action.
The Health Resources & Services Administration has stated that: “For a vaccine to be covered, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must recommend the category of vaccine for routine administration to children or pregnant women, and it must be subject to an excise tax by federal law.”
The deadline to register for comments for the ACIP committee is stated as Oct 14, 2022. However, the CDC agenda document was posted after the deadline which made it impossible for someone who wanted to comment after seeing the announcement.
Dr. Marty Makary, professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health said, “There has never been a vaccine added to the child immunization schedule without solid clinical evidence that it reduces disease significantly in the community. The COVID vaccine in children will be the first added with no clinical data…So if the CDC decides to go ahead and put this on the routine vaccine schedule, it will be up to states. And that’s where I think parents have a right to say ‘let’s see some clinical data before we force this as a requirement for school.’”