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Why Israel's Vaccine Deal With Pfizer Has Nothing to Do With Clinical Trials

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On Friday, Channel 12 aired a report by Arad Nir. The report was based on an unfortunate remark by Dr. Philip Dormitzer, vice president and chief scientific officer at Pfizer, in which he referred to Israel as the company’s “sort of laboratory.” Not only was this comment condescending, it was terribly foolish. The company’s management hastened to disavow the comment, but by then it had already been seized upon by conspiracy theory aficionados and anti-vaxxers.

In the report, Nir insisted that in a democratic country, the consent of the citizens to participate in “Pfizer’s clinical trial” should have been obtained. In other words, while a pandemic is raging and people are desperately waiting for vaccines, Nir thinks that Israel should have held a national referendum on whether Israelis wish to be “Pfizer’s laboratory” and if we would permit the company to provide us with vaccines and to analyze the results.

Therefore, it is important to say first: Analyzing epidemiological results without identifying the........

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