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The vaccine will be safe. But this legal contingency plan is necessary nonetheless

We should be looking now at the system to compensate anyone who is harmed, however unlikely that harm may be

By George Peretz  

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The development of what appear to be three effective vaccines against Covid-19 is excellent news. But every silver lining has a cloud, and there is no news so good that it does not cause lawyers to ask themselves about what happens if things go wrong.

Vaccines are overwhelmingly safe. And before any vaccine is released in the UK it will have to be approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)—the very well-respected UK authority responsible for approving all medicines, including vaccines. The…

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