Responding to First Responders: A Proposal for a Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

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Responding to First Responders: A Proposal for a Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

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Title: Responding to First Responders: A Proposal for a Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Author: Millikin, Christopher
Citation: Responding to First Responders: A Proposal for a Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (2003 Third Year Paper)
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Abstract: In December 2002, President Bush announced a plan to provide smallpox vaccinations to first responders--individuals who would be on the front lines in the event of a biological attack. To date, the plan has been unsuccessful because many first responders are unsatisfied with the protections provided for adverse reactions. In particular, a new federal statute exempts manufacturers from liability and only permits negligence claims against the United States. Additionally, many states have not determined the scope of their workers' compensation coverage. As a result, there is a rising demand for a federal program to compensate for smallpox vaccine injuries. This Article analyzes three federal compensation programs and recommends a smallpox compensation program based on lessons from these programs. Finally, it outlines two new proposals by Representative Waxman and by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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