TAIWAN GOVERNMENT FORCED TO PAY COMPENSATION TO SWINE FLU JAB VICTIM AS PROTESTS MOUNT
The Department of Health (DOH) decided yesterday to offer a relief fund of NT$50,000 to a 35-year-old man because he showed symptoms including numbness in the lower limbs after getting A(H1N1) flu vaccination, making him the first recipient of financial aid related to the vaccine shots.
Medical experts on a panel screening the medical cases related to vaccination said they have so far reviewed applications for relief fund in 39 cases connected to A(H1N1) flu inoculation, but the man was the only patient qualified for the relief measure.
Commensurate compensation to victimized vaccine recipients will be offered only when three major criteria are met: 1) after they are diagnosed to have suffered consequences related to vaccination; 2) their sufferings have reached a specific extent, and 3) the effects of the vaccines are unable to be ruled out, they explained.
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