Where’s the Trial Lawyer Vaccine…?

By November 6, 2005Briefly Legal

We were reading over some stuff from earlier in the week about the President’s national strategy to safeguard against the dangers of the pandemic flu that the nation — and the world — are fearing, and for which we are all preparing. Along with the laundry list of funding and research and the massive undertaking to coordinate all agencies’ efforts around the globe to fight this, we find one germ that, it seems, just cannot be eradicated.

Buried in this White House Fact Sheet outlining all the above actions is this gem:

“The Administration Is Seeking To Remove One Of The Greatest Obstacles To Domestic Vaccine Production The Growing Burden Of Litigation. In the past three decades, the number of American vaccine manufacturers has plummeted as the industry has been flooded with lawsuits. This leaves our Nation vulnerable in the event of a pandemic. Congress must pass liability protection for the makers of life-saving vaccines.”

How sad is this? While the world battles together in an unprecedented, unified way to battle this threat to global health, the big stumbling block is the virus of the trial bar. “The number of vaccine manufacturers has plummeted as the industry has been flooded with lawsuits.” Trial lawyers should hang their heads in shame. What a disgusting commentary on one of the more disgusting elements of society.