Oct 29, 2020

Interesting Psak: participation in CoronaVirus vaccine trials

According to @Haskupim, (a Haredi breaking news feed on Twitter) Rav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, the head of the Beis Horaah for Medical Affairs in Bnei Braq, it is prohibited for anyone to participate in trials for a CoronaVirus vaccine until it is clear that it is 100% effective against the virus. This is true even if it has low risk rates.

Furthermore, participation in vaccine trials will only be halachically permitted when it gets to the point that the vaccine being tested is effective with the risk level no greater than 1.5%, and then we could be lenient to allow a sick person to participate.

Until after the trials I am not sure how there could ever be proof of 100% effectiveness. So essentially, I don't think, according to Rav Stern's opinion, any frum Jew could participate in such trials.

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  1. hmmmm. free rider issue (heart transplants) redux?

  2. Risk level needs to be defined. It probably does not equate 98.5% "effective"ness. Maybe he means a mortality risk of 1.5%, in which case the FDA would also shut it down.

  3. Common sense says stay away as far as possible from vaccines. When will people wake up and learn!

    1. Common sense is to stay away from people like you!

      As they say common sense is not that common.

  4. Les, no, common sense is to stay away from people with your mindset. Think for yourself, read up and learn what's really going on.

  5. Does he grasp that sick people do not benefit from a vaccine?


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