Vaccine Court is Not Like Other Courts

From 2013-2017 the US government paid some $229 million per year to patients who claimed vaccines harmed them.

For any other drug, manufacturers would be liable for harm done. But decades ago the possibility of bank-breaking lawsuits discouraged drugmakers from getting behind vaccines, so officials sweetened the deal with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Payments have surged in recent years, fueling anti-vax fire. But this “vaccine court” isn’t like other courts.  

“The vaccine cases are to supposed to presume that vaccination was the cause—unless that can be disproved,” writes James Hamblin—and that’s very hard to do.

The Atlantic

 

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