PR agrees to compensate individuals who died or paralyzed after Covid-19 jabs

PR agrees to compensate individuals who died or paralyzed after Covid-19 jabs

President Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo Image/António Gonçalves)

DILI, 02 september 2021 (TATOLI) – The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres ‘Lú Olo’ agrees with the Government of Timor-Leste to compensate individuals, who died or were paralyzed after receiving the Covid-19 vaccines.

On Monday (02/08), President Lú Olo received a decree-law on financial compensation for individuals who paralyzed or died after receiving Covid-19 jabs.

The President of the Republic has the power to promulgate or veto a decree-law.

The President of the Republic would present a decree-law to the Court of Appeal if he considered the decree-law would not comply with the constitution.

Regarding the decree-law on the financial compensation for the persons who paralyzed or died after the vaccine jabs, the President wouldn’t present the decree-law to the Court of Appeal as it is part of the responsibility and obligation of the government towards its citizens.

Up to date Timor-Leste still doesn’t have a law to regulate the contractual obligation of the State and public entities of the exercise of public functions.

According to the Constitution, National Parliament is the only State Organ to make such decree-law. In addition, the National Parliament also may authorize the government to prepare and present such a decree-law.

Whether it is a good initiative but if the Government doesn’t have a consultation with the National Parliament regarding the creation of the decree-law, then it would be vetoed by the President, said in a statement.

The President of the Republic had delivered a notification letter to the government regarding his decision on pending the promulgation of the decree-law. It is hoped that, shortly, the Parliament would be the one to present the decree-law or giving the government authorization, to present the decree-law.

Recently, Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães had informed that: “Based on the decree-law, if a patient experienced a rare case of disability with less than 30 percent, he or she will receive US$ 1000. While, those who experienced rare conditions between 30 and 70 percent caused by the covid-19 vaccine, will be compensated with US$2.100. In addition, if the patient experienced a disability with more than 70 percent, caused by the vaccine shot, he or she will receive US$7.000. If a patient died after being immunized, then US$ 10.000 would be given to the family as compensation.” said Magalhães.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario


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