Do Pfizer and Moderna really care about saving lives?

The failure of these companies to deliver more doses to Israel borders on criminal negligence.

Since Europe and the United States are behind many weeks and tens of millions of doses in their distribution of the vaccine, the delivery of several million doses to Israel would harm nobody and save many lives.

What is their excuse? Apparently, a number of countries are complaining that they would be favoring Israel! So let them complain. Such complaints have little to do with facts. Israel has been very successful in inoculating much of its population at great speed, while many countries are floundering as far as their inoculation campaigns are concerned. Complaining that Israel is more successful is a display of ignorance and possible anti-Semitism.

What has gone wrong in the US? The problems are in part due to an overly-privatized health system; the rest comes down to political infighting.

Snail’s pace in distribution

The reasons given for the slowness of the inoculation campaign in Europe vary: “We didn’t expect that Pfizer would be the first vaccine,” is one reason. In any event, the roll-out of the vaccine has been proceeding at a snail’s pace in much of the world, and hundreds of millions of people will have to wait many weeks or months before they can get their first shot.
Simple math tells us that with many countries a total of tens of millions of doses behind in their inoculation campaigns, the delivery of several million doses weeks earlier to Israel  – which does have the capacity to distribute them – would not lead to other countries falling short. This would save many lives in Israel and would not cause a single death elsewhere!

With a bottleneck in distribution in much of the world, one would expect that Pfizer and Moderna immediately dispatch sufficient doses to the one country that has been able to distribute them. Has not political infighting caused enough suffering and death?

About the Author
Asaf Shimoni is an author, journalist and translator who returned to Israel in 2016 after spending 40 years abroad, most of them in the Netherlands. He grew up near Boston, made aliyah while living on a kibbutz (from 1973 to 1976), and graduated from Syracuse University in 1978. He also lived some 5 years in Sicily. He is currently in Amsterdam to sort our affairs. He believes that the media should be as critical and truthful as possible.
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