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Has the NZ government provided liability waivers for COVID vaccine manufacturers (eg from negligence)

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From: Graham Burger

Dear Ministry of Health,

Have any COVID19 vaccine manufacturers been provided with liability waivers of any kind, including negligence by the NZ government or any agency?

Please provide details of any such waivers and the companies and agencies involved.

Yours faithfully,
Graham Burger

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Kia ora Graham
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From: Graham Burger <[FOI #16547 email]>
Sent: Saturday, 28 August 2021 17:41
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Has the NZ government provided
liability waivers for COVID vaccine manufacturers (eg from negligence)
 
Dear Ministry of Health,

Have any COVID19 vaccine manufacturers been provided with liability
waivers of any kind, including negligence by the NZ government or any
agency?

Please provide details of any such waivers and the companies and agencies
involved.

Yours faithfully,
Graham Burger

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Kia ora Graham, 

 

Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the
Act) on 30 August 2021 for: 

 

“Have any COVID19 vaccine manufacturers been provided with liability
waivers of any kind, including negligence by the NZ government or any
agency? 

Please provide details of any such waivers and the companies and agencies
involved” 

 

I have been advised that indemnities have been granted to Pfizer,
AstraZeneca, Janssen and Novavax for their COVID-19 vaccines. Indemnities
have also been granted for the donation of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the
COVAX Advance Market Commitment (COVAX AMC), and for the donation of the
Pfizer vaccine to Polynesia. 

 

I have been advised that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment (MBIE) have previously released information related to the
indemnities granted to Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Novavax for their
COVID-19 vaccines. For this reason, I have decided to transfer your
request to MBIE under section 14(b)(ii) of the Act. You can expect a
response from MBIE regarding this information in due course. 

 

I have also been advised that information on the indemnities granted for
donating vaccines to COVAX AMC and Polynesia is more closely connected to
the functions of the Treasury. For this reason, I have also decided to
transfer your request to the Treasury under section 14(b)(ii) of the Act.
You can expect a response from the Treasury regarding this information in
due course.   

 

My apologies for the late transfer of your request. 

 

Under section 28(3) of the Act you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to
review any decisions made under this request. The Ombudsman may be
contacted by email at: [1][email address] or by calling 0800
802 602. 

 

Nâku noa, nâ  

 

Nick Allan  

Manager 

OIA Services Team 

 

 

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Ref: 2122-0656

 

Dear Graham,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 28^th of August 2021 requesting under the
Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

“Have any COVID19 vaccine manufacturers been provided with liability
waivers of any kind, including negligence by the NZ government or any
agency?
Please provide details of any such waivers and the companies and agencies
involved.”

 

Your request has been transferred to the Ministry from Ministry of health
on the 17^th of September 2021 and is being processed in accordance with
the Official Information Act 1982. A response will be sent to you in due
course.

 

If you have any enquiries regarding your request, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [1][email address].

 

Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

               

Ngâ Pou o te Taumaru

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

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Dear Graham

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information from the
Treasury.

 

Regards,

 

Bradley Martin| Ministerial Advisor | Te Tai Ôhanga – The Treasury

Email/IM: [1][email address]

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Good evening Mr Burger,

 

Please see attached for MBIE’s response to your Official Information Act
request.

 

Kind regards,

Lisa

 

Lisa Seng (she/her)

Project Co-ordinator

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PO Box 1473 Wellington

 

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