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Rare vaccine injury claims steered to obscure federal office

• Associated Press

The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program, which was set up specifically to deal with vaccines under emergency authorization, has just four employees and few hallmarks of an ordinary court. Decisions are made in secret by government officials, claimants can't appeal to a judge and payments in most death cases are capped at $370,376.

That stands in contrast to the much more established federal vaccine court, which decides cases of injury from most childhood vaccines and other common inoculations.

George Washington University law professor Peter Meyers has followed the countermeasures program for years and bluntly calls it a "black hole," obtaining federal documents this summer showing it has paid fewer than 1 in 10 claims in its 15-year history.


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