Previously, I told you about the fast-tracked vaccine — Pandemrix — that was given to six million people in the UK and 30 million across Europe in the wake of the failed Swine Flu pandemic in 2009.
No less than a year after the Swine Flu hoax, reports of narcolepsy linked to the Pandemrix vaccine started to flood in… and not just one or two… to date, more than 1,500 cases of narcolepsy linked to Pandemrix are registered in the EU, of which approximately 94 are based in the UK.
It’s time to pay up!
So far, only two sufferers in the UK have been compensated after developing narcolepsy as a result of receiving Pandemrix: Josh Hadfield, 10 years old, and Katie Clack, 23 years old, who was awarded her compensation posthumously after she committed suicide as a result of the condition.
A third claimant — only known as John — was denied compensation by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions, because it was of the opinion that John’s disabilities are not severe enough to pass the 60 per cent threshold to trigger a pay-out… That’s despite the fact that a 2015 Upper Tribunal ruling had already awarded him £120,000.
This week, John’s case was heard in front of The Court of Appeal, which rejected the government’s bid to overturn the 2015 ruling that awarded him £120,000.
Not only is this fantastic news for John who has been suffering with narcolepsy for the past 7 years, but it’s also great news for the other narcolepsy victims of the Pandemrix vaccine. According to John’s lawyers, his case was seen as a test case and having been successful the court’s decision can now trigger compensation payments to all the other victims affected by the vaccine.
What’s even better is the fact that this case has now opened the door to civil claims against GlaxoSmithKline — the manufacturer of Pandemrix — who was previously indemnified by the UK government against any claims at the time the vaccine was released.
Narcolepsy is a condition that can affect you for an indefinite period of time and while money can’t fix the victims’ health, at least it will help make their lives more bearable.
So I guess when we look at the score board, it is one for the little guy against zero for Big Pharma. Now, that doesn’t happen very often.
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Swine flu jab victim who developed narcolepsy wins payout ruling, published online 09.02.17, standard.co.uk