4. No Legal Recourse for Damages
Vaccines used to be a terrible business. Manufacturers were tired of paying multi-million dollar settlements for dead and brain-damaged children and demanded liability protection. In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed a bill that eliminated our most important consumer protection: the ability to sue in a court of law with due process, including the right to a judge, jury, and discovery.
Now, drug companies have no financial imperative to make safer vaccines. As one would expect, the 1986 Act paved the way for an extraordinary increase in the number of FDA-approved, CDC-recommended, and state-mandated vaccines. The Supreme Court recently upheld vaccine makers’ rights to be shielded from design-defect liability.
This is why the risks of vaccines never emerge as they do with so many other pharmaceuticals.