A few days ago we ran a report regarding allegations that Israel had agreed to make itself a COVID-19 vaccine guinea pig. Some folks wrote in accusing us of perpetuating a conspiracy theory.
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Thursday that he had in fact persuaded vaccine-makers Pfizer and Moderna to make Israel a top priority by agreeing to share all relevant medical data.
In our earlier report (see Is Israel Pfizer’s Guinea Pig), we quoted former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who said that “Pfizer found in Israel the perfect place for its pilot program.”
In his remarks on Thursday, Netanyahu admitted as much. “We can do this because our health system is among the most advanced in the world, truly a light unto the nations,” said the prime minister.
According to Netanyahu, his agreeing to let Pfizer and Moderna use Israel as a “model country” will “enable us to vaccinate all citizens of Israel over the age of 16 by the end of March and perhaps even earlier.”
Why exactly would Pfizer see Israel as an ideal “model country”? Netanyahu alluded to it with his vague description of Israel’s medial system as “among the most advanced in the world.” Barak expounded:
“The HMOs here that hold data 40 years back on all vaccinated people in my age group. Two-thirds of this age group are in the data. There’s no such thing anywhere in the world. It’s a huge asset to Pfizer, because it lets them show that when someone dies after being vaccinated – and people my age tend to die more often – they didn’t die because of the vaccine, but as a result of some background illness. …Pfizer can show that they have vaccinated the entire risk layer of an entire country. Anyone who dies later can be checked whether it had a connection to the vaccine or a background illness.”
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