January 18, 2021 | By Mordechai Sones | Israel National News | Source
“Reading the contract signed between the Israeli government and Pfizer, it is clear, unequivocal and unambiguous that this is a clinical study for all intents and purposes, and thus, it needed to be approved by the Helsinki Committee” – Senior official
“Committee in charge of supervising human trials expected to state vaccine campaign is clinical study and needed pre-approval.”
“Calcalist reports the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights is expected to announce that Pfizer is conducting unauthorized human experiments in Israel.
The committee in charge of supervising human trials is expected to submit an opinion to the Health Ministry stating that the immunization process led by the state with Pfizer is a clinical study, and therefore needed to be approved in advance.
The Supreme Helsinki Commission – in charge of supervising human trials in Israel – is expected to submit an opinion to the Health Ministry stating that the vaccine campaign led by the Israeli government together with Pfizer is fundamentally clinical research, a code name for human trials, and thus, needed to receive explicit Committee authorization. The opinion has already been formulated and in coming days is expected to be handed over to Health Ministry Director Hezi Levy, possibly even today.
“Reading the contract signed between the Israeli government and Pfizer, it is clear, unequivocal and unambiguous that this is a clinical study for all intents and purposes, and thus, it needed to be approved by the Helsinki Committee,” a senior official explained to Calcalist, adding: “And that’s what will be written in the Committee’s opinion: ‘There’s nothing wrong with clinical trials, on the contrary, but clinical trials (human trials) must get committee approval, and of course, from the people on whom the trial is being conducted, while giving the right to refuse to be part of the trial. These are very basic matters,” he concluded.”
‘Prime Minister, Health Minister decided to allow experiments’
January 19, 2021 | By Mordechai Sones | Israel National News | Source |
“…Senior Israel Democracy Institute attorney Dr. Tehila Schwartz-Altshuler told Calcalist: “Anyone who might claim this is not a clinical study is simply a liar. This is the most extensive study of human beings in the 21st century. Israel is becoming the experimental field, not to mention the backyard for the whole world. It may be a beautiful and altruistic thing, but this should have been shared with the citizens of Israel.”
She says: “There’s no clearer research hypothesis than in section 2.1 of the contract between the State of Israel and Pfizer, which states that the purpose of the ‘experiment’ is ‘to measure and analyze’. To say it isn’t research is a lie. In section 2.2 the word ‘data’ appears again and again, and the idea is that it is information from which you want to learn something other than transfer it to the medical file of the patient you have treated. This is a collaboration for research and therefore there are also ‘Principles of collaboration’.
Moreover, Schwartz-Altschuler explains that “Article 4 – as with any medical research agreement – has terms and terminations and there are agreements regarding the safety of the project. This further reinforces the fact that this is a study. For example, under the clause, the agreement will be revoked if one of the parties decides that it is ‘scientifically insignificant’.”