WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Lance Gooden (R-Texas) introduced legislation to ensure vaccine manufacturers can be held liable for any negative health effects resulting from a COVID-19 vaccine.

Under current law, U.S. pharmaceutical companies are immune from liability if a recipient of their vaccine experiences medical complications. Given Big Pharma’s willful negligence and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) total failure to conduct proper oversight during the opioid epidemic, the American people should have the opportunity to hold these companies accountable. Additionally, the FDA’s recent attempts to delay the publication of data it relied on to approve the COVID-19 vaccine until 2076 underlines the need for accountability and transparency.

Rep. Lance Gooden said, “I believe every American should be able to hold a company accountable if they are harmed by their product, but especially if they are mandated to take that product to keep their job. If Big PhRMA wants Americans to trust their vaccines are safe and effective, they need to have some skin in the game.” 

You can read the full text of the Vaccine Manufacturer Accountability Act here.