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Israel's renowned Democracy Institute (IDI) has criticized the country's agreement with corona vaccine maker Pfizer. Institute member Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler said on Monday: "The agreement contains one of the most extensive human studies in the 21st century, and Israel's wealth of data will be available to the rest of the world for scientific research."

Israel secured a large amount of the vaccine from the manufacturers Biontech and Pfizer early on. The agreement between Israel and Pfizer provides, among other things, for the transmission of vaccination data to the vaccine manufacturer. The deal was published on Sunday, but many passages are censored.

Shwartz Altshuler said the deal could be seen as an achievement for Israel in its quest to be the first country to emerge from the pandemic. Nevertheless, the so-called Helsinki Committee in Israel, which is responsible for the approval of studies on humans, should have approved this first. Shwartz Altshuler said that one should have obtained the consent of the Israelis to use their health data.

One of the biggest problems with the agreement is that, while it stressed the need to protect Israeli privacy, it did not specify any concrete steps. It is known that the anonymity of big data can be removed. Therefore, the agreement in its current form may violate the protection of the health data of all Israelis.

The Israeli business newspaper Calcalist wrote on Monday that the Helsinki Committee would shortly send its assessment to the Ministry of Health.