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NVAC Resolution: Use of Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund Resources for National Vaccine Safety Activities

DRAFT

September 9, 1997

Recognizing the need for additional, stable, ongoing financial support for national vaccine safety activities including surveillance, assessment, and prevention of vaccine-associated adverse events, the NVAC recommends that the Secretary of Health and Human Services propose legislation amending the Public Health Service Act to allow limited and judicious use resources from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund for purposes of expanding national vaccine safety activities, which are key to both fair compensation and prevention of vaccine-associated adverse events.

Further, recognizing the important role played by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in providing payment to individuals entitled to compensation for vaccine-related adverse events, use of the resources must not interfere with the Program’s capacity to adequately provide such payments.