Coronavirus Tests Plunge
As other places in the world, the number of coronavirus tests performed in Israel has plunged. The amount has actually been reduced to half, while the virus continues to spread without anything to slow it down.
Logic would dictate that at least in a time of crisis we would come together to find a solution, even though the only thing we have in common is this problem.
For better or for worse, the reality in Israel is even more unique than anywhere else in the world, and this can be seen in how the Ministry of Health is working on finding a solution. Let me explain.
Soon an agreement will be signed between the Ministry of Health and the Tel Aviv University, that has set up a special lab to conduct corona tests. This testing is also being carried out in other facilities such as The Hebrew University and The Weizmann Institute.
Everything sounds good so far, right? But it’s not good. It’s not good at all.
A month ago the Tel Aviv University requested permits for this testing from the Ministry of Health. An entire month of bureaucracy. Imagine how many tests could have already been performed, taking into account that the Tel Aviv University planned to do 1600/2000 tests a day.
It’s a serious problem that we have so many small-minded people with a big chip on their shoulder — we are all paying the price. But I’m very optimistic that all that will change very soon.
- There are high-tech founders like Oren Kaniel, the CEO of AppsFlyer, who is donating $500K to testing innovation.
- There are hundreds of medical students volunteering to help with the testing.
- There are many great minds and powerful people who want to help.
But all these people with good intentions are find themselves facing cumbersome systems. The “red tape” that Israel is so famous for. It used to mainly be about money, but now it’s literally killing us.
I don’t expect to see a change in any government office, but I do believe that we can generate a change ourselves, and that’s where I’m headed with all this.
The difference between the period before the coronavirus, and the period that will follow, is that the general mood will shift. Our attitude to the world, and our whole way of thinking will change.
The organizations that will continue to lead us after the crisis are those that know how to embed these changes, are agile, and willing to change.