Jan 202021
 January 20, 2021  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Ilan Ben Zion reports:

After sprinting ahead in the race to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the international drug giant in exchange for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine.

Proponents say the deal could allow Israel to become the first country to vaccinate most of its population, while providing valuable research that could help the rest of the world. But critics say the deal raises major ethical concerns, including possible privacy violations and a deepening of the global divide that enables wealthy countries to stockpile vaccines as poorer populations, including Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, have to wait longer to be inoculated.

Read more on The Times of Israel.

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