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Covid-19 vaccine contracts released: How the SA government sold out and gambled with lives.-NEASA

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    by Gerhard Papenfus

    On 17 August 2023, NEASA reported on a recent High Court judgement, in which the South African government was ordered to, inter alia, release Covid-19 vaccine procurement contracts, negotiation minutes, and memoranda of understanding to the Health Justice Initiative (HJI).

    The Department had previously opposed HJI’s request for access to this information, however, in a surprising turn of events, it opted not to appeal the High Court ruling and proceeded to hand over the contracts.

    HJI recently shared its findings regarding the Covid-19 vaccine procurement contracts. It is revealed that the South African government was ‘bullied’ into contracts with global pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers and had paid billions of rands for Covid-19 vaccines on terms which have been described as unfavourable and unethical, with hefty demands and conditions, including secrecy, lack of transparency and no leverage against inflated prices – effectively, ‘bartering away its sovereignty’ in exchange for vaccine supplies during the pandemic frenzy.

    Whilst the cat may seem to be finally out the bag, this merely confirms what has been suspected all along: the Covid-19 ‘pandemic’ was abused for gross profiteering, and for big pharma to loot the world.

    In the process, governments and these global organisations subjected citizens to an experimental drug (sold to the public as a traditional ‘vaccine’) – a vaccine that had been touted as ‘safe and effective’ by all governments. Citizens remained unsuspecting health subjects and victims to the most aggressive propaganda campaign ever witnessed in recent time.

    What the newly released contracts reveal is that the SA government had nonetheless shockingly signed contracts in which the manufacturers of this experimental drug acknowledged “that the long-term effects and efficacy of the vaccine are not currently known and that there may be adverse effects of the vaccine that are not currently known”.

    Furthermore, in the same contracts, the suppliers take it a step further and effectively indemnify themselves. The government agreed to “indemnify, defend, and hold harmless” Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, as well as their representatives, “from and against any and all suits, claims, actions, demands, losses, damages, liabilities, settlements, penalties, fines, costs and expenses” arising from claims resulting from the vaccine, including injuries among others. For the sake of interest, click here to view the full indemnity and exclusions of liability clauses. Similar terms are contained in the J&J contracts as well.

    Regardless, the SA government went full steam ahead and forced people to subject themselves to this treatment through, inter alia, laws and regulations which even obligated employers to introduce mandatory ‘vaccine’ policies in the workplace.

    To mitigate their liability for injuries, government responded with two initiatives which aimed to compensate individuals who suffered from injuries as a result of the vaccine, one of which was limited to employees and the workplace and administered by the Compensation Fund, but which, in any event, had rigorous claiming requirements that effectively left the risk for liability to the businesses who had required of their employees to be vaccinated.

    Another Covid-19 vaccine injury-related compensation scheme created by government, was a R250 million compulsory Vaccine Injury No-fault Compensation Scheme providing liability cover to any individual for harm caused by the ‘safe and effective’ vaccine. The creation of such a ‘no-fault’ scheme was also a requirement in terms of the scandalous contracts with the suppliers.

    What becomes more intriguing, particularly now that the specifics of these deals made with the big pharmaceutical companies have been revealed, is the true purpose for the creation of this ‘no-fault’ scheme.

    Another known fact, that has been confirmed by the contracts, is that vaccine manufacturers had required the South African government to exempt them from liability and potential lawsuits in the case of any side effects the vaccines may cause. By the creation of the ‘no-fault’ scheme, the government fulfilled this directive.

    The ‘no-fault’ scheme protects anyone involved from taking responsibility for an injury/death that occurred, that is, there is no blame assigned in the ‘no-fault’ scheme and citizens therefore cannot file any claim for damages against the South African government if they elected to claim from the scheme. This in itself may infringe on the constitutional right of access to courts.

    The government created such a fund, yet it remains common knowledge that government funds are maladministered to the extent of bankruptcy within months from inception and are rotten to the core with corruption. NEASA remains wary of the establishment of this ‘no-fault’ scheme/fund particularly as the financial burden for maintaining such a fund again remains an expense to the State and consequently the taxpaying public.

    The response by governments to Covid-19 globally, and also in South Africa, was, at best, misdirected, and at worst, appallingly ignorant. Despite the fact that it had been accepted that Covid-19 vaccines did not prevent transmission or infection, and that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals could spread the virus and become infected (effectively suggesting that the objective of the vaccine for preventing transmission and infection was not met), the benefactors of the Covid-19 vaccine project drove it relentlessly.

    Indeed, there was no justice or morality in the coercion of individuals into receiving this treatment, particularly when such treatment posed a potential risk to the recipient and had not been proven to accomplish the goal for which it was designed.

    Fortunately, the Covid-19 health scare subsided. However, various resultant issues, either ignored or wilfully bypassed in the midst of the pandemic frenzy and subsequent mass vaccination drive, will now come into focus, particularly in relation to vaccine injury and deaths.

    It does not come as a surprise to NEASA, though, as revealed by HJI, that the SA government effectively gave away its sovereignty and managed to spend exorbitant amounts, much higher than even western jurisdictions, on shady Covid-19 vaccine deals, to the tune of $734 million (over R14 billion).

    Keep in mind that the South African government was granted a R7.6 billion loan by the World Bank for South Africa’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Project. The taking of loans and inexplicable expenditure is what our government excels at doing.

    HJI found that J&J charged South Africa $10 (R180) a dose, which is 15% more than the company charged the European Union and about 25% more than the estimated not-for-profit price. For an order of at least 30 000 000 doses, the total bill would have reached $300 000 000 (R5.4 billion). South Africa was required to pay a non-refundable down payment of $27.5 million.

    One wonders how the government could have possibly been ‘bullied’ into this rigged arrangement, without it being in cahoots with big pharma and other benefactors of the Covid-19 vaccine project. With the millions invested in ‘no-fault’ schemes, as indemnification and liability cover for all parties involved, and now, with the surfacing of the actual information that Government had entered into all these exorbitant and unfavourable deals, it is clear for all to see that this was massive looting at a global scale.

    Rather than believing the government acted in the interest of the population, it is likely and more believable that the SA government sold out and gambled with the lives of its citizens.

    Gerhard Papenfus is the Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA).

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