New partnership between Chubb and Marsh to secure vaccine injury compensation

29 April 2021 — Alexandra GUZUN
Chubb and Marsh announced a collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), to secure insurance coverage for the COVAX No-Fault Compensation Program for 92 low- and middle-income countries. The Program is the first and only vaccine injury compensation mechanism operating on an international scale.

The partnership aims to secured insurance coverage for a Program that will offer eligible individuals in 92 lower-income countries and economies a fast, fair and transparent process to receive compensation for rare but serious adverse events associated with vaccines distributed through COVAX up to June 30, 2022.

Co-convened by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO, working in partnership with UNICEF as key implementing partner, COVAX was created to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee their fair and equitable access for every country in the world.

Through Chubb's and Marsh's collaboration, up to USD 150 million in insurance is provided for the COVAX No Fault Compensation Program to cover compensation payments to eligible individuals in the 92 lower-income countries and economies, known as the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) eligible economies.

Insurance broker Marsh led the global placement of the bespoke solution. Chubb is the lead insurer, supported by a further 10 insurers located in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and Bermuda.

The delivery of COVID-19 vaccines during 2021 will be the fastest and largest global deployment of novel vaccines in history. The COVAX Facility, the global procurement mechanism of COVAX, aims by the end of 2021 to deliver up to 2 billion doses of safe, effective and quality-assured vaccines to all participating countries, including up to 1.7 billion doses to the 92 AMC-eligible countries and economies, at the same time as wealthier nations.

Evan G. GREENBERG, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chubb, said: "Chubb is pleased to extend our collaboration with the World Health Organization and its partners to support the critically important COVAX No-Fault Compensation Program. The magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic demands that everyone - from governments and public health authorities to the private sector - bring their skills, capabilities and resources to do their part to end this crisis. We are gratified to work alongside Marsh to support an essential Program that will promote people in all countries, regardless of income levels, having equal access to these life-saving vaccines."

John DOYLE, President and CEO of Marsh, said: "The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a human tragedy, which has resulted in trillions of dollars of economic losses and deeply affected the prospects of some of the world's poorest countries and their people. Throughout the pandemic, Marsh colleagues the world over have worked hard to help clients and communities tackle rapid changes to their risk landscapes. The delivery of COVAX distributed vaccines will now enable some of the most vulnerable societies to rebuild and recover more quickly. By working together, the public sector and insurance industry have the ability to develop solutions that can accelerate economic recovery from COVID-19."

"The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has been matched by the largest ever rollout of new vaccines under the ACT-Accelerator and its vaccines pillar, COVAX," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom GHEBREYESUS, WHO Director-General. "The COVAX No-Fault Compensation Program helps to ensure that people in AMC-eligible countries and economies can benefit from the cutting-edge science that has delivered COVID-19 vaccines in record time."

"As we implement COVAX, we have worked with all stakeholders towards establishing a comprehensive solution for indemnification that allows novel vaccines to be procured and addresses the financial obligations this may impose on lower-income economies that are part of COVAX. The No-Fault Compensation Program is a robust, transparent and an independent mechanism that is going to be a key benefit for individuals being vaccinated and lower-income governments procuring vaccines through the Gavi COVAX AMC," said Dr. Seth BERKLEY, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

This insurance program follows the February agreement between WHO and Chubb, through ESIS Inc., a Chubb company, for the administration of the Program.

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