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Pfizer, Moderna & Now SII: Decoding the Indemnity Gamble & What it Means for India

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The government has so far not given any manufacturer indemnity or protection against legal action for any severe side effects.

Amid reports that the Indian government may grant indemnity to Pfizer and Moderna to hasten the vaccination process in India, the Serum Institute of India on Thursday also asked for indemnity from liability, saying all vaccine makers, whether Indian or foreign, should be granted the same protection. The government has so far not given any manufacturer indemnity or protection against legal action for any severe side effects. As the issue gains traction, here’s what indemnity means and how it will aid the vaccination process in India.