The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti; the Legal and Technical Secretary, Vilma Ibarra; and the presidential advisor Cecilia Nicolini present this Tuesday before the Permanent Bicameral Legislative Procedure Commission on the DNU that regulates and updates the coronavirus vaccine law.
This measure seeks to expand contracts with laboratories such as Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as well as facilitate the acquisition of pediatric doses.
The president of the commission, Marcos Cleri (Frente de Todos), called a meeting to discuss DNU 431, issued last Friday by the national government, in order to advance in the signing of a dispatch that validates the norm.
Official sources reported that Vizzotti, Ibarra and Nicolini were invited to present the changes implemented in the vaccine law approved last year by Congress, in order to be able to advance in the purchase from other foreign laboratories.
The Government’s intention is to unlock the purchase of Pfizer vaccines. AFP photo
The officials will give a report to legislators on the decision adopted to regulate and adapt the vaccine law through the DNU last Friday, said parliamentary spokesmen.
The reform of the law had been requested by Together for Change to be able to unblock the acquisition of vaccines from the firm Pfizer, with which it is estimated that this block will accompany the signing of the opinion.
One of the central changes of the DNU is the one that eliminates the cause of “negligence” as an attribute of responsibility of the supplier and replaces the terms “fraudulent maneuvers and malicious conduct” by “malicious conduct”, concept included in article 1724 of the Civil and Commercial Code of the Nation.
In addition, the Ministry of Health is empowered to “include in the contracts it celebrates for the acquisition of vaccines intended to generate acquired immunity against the coronavirus clauses that establish conditions of patrimonial indemnity with respect to compensation, with the exception of those originated in malicious conduct by of the subjects alluded to “.
Vilma Ibarra is also in Congress.
Another axis of the project is the creation of the “Covid-19 Repair Fund” to respond to the payment of compensation in the event that someone may be harmed by the application of a vaccine.
Article 3 incorporates as article 8 bis of the Law 27,573 the creation of the Fund, the purpose of which is “the payment of compensation to human persons who have suffered damage to physical health, as a direct consequence of the application of the vaccine intended to generate acquired immunity against the coronavirus.”
In addition, it establishes that “the compensation payable by the Fund for the death or total and permanent physical disability of the injured party will be equal to 240 times the minimum retirement income“.
Finally, the text indicates that the Fund must be constituted with a sum equal to 1.25% of the FCA value (Free Carrier, according to Incoterms 2020) per dose of the vaccines supplied.