All’s not OK with Oxford-Astrazeneca-Serum vaccine as claimed
Serum institute instead of disclosure attributes pecuniary motives to trial participant making adverse event public. But gives no explanation why it didn't make adverse event public
Company claims illness not related to vaccine though final authority to decide that is drug controller.
Serum Institute is quiet on why it did not make adverse event public. But threatens to seek Rs 100 crore damages for trial participant going public and maligning company.
Threatening a participant with defamation causes even more distrust among public. Besides, how does sending a legal notice amount to defamation? Anyone can send a notice to anyone. Anyone can claim damages from anyone. It is for a court of law to decide if claim holds.
The final report of drug regulator is still pending. And even if the report denies adverse event being linked to vaccine, participant is still within his legal rights to challenge the report and claim damages in a court of law. The whole defamation thing just reeks of a corporate trying to exert its muscle power and intimidate the participant. Already in this pandemic, public trust is at an all time low. The lack of transparency around an adverse event is only going to cause people to avoid taking a vaccine, if and when it becomes available. more