Israel’s COVID Vaccine Success Is Making It a Global Research Lab

The rapid rollout combined with the country’s vast medical database 
is a gold mine that will serve doctors and scientists in the years to come

Ronny Linder
Ronny Linder
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When it comes to the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations, Israel is leaving the rest of the world in the dust, and that’s setting the country up to become a giant laboratory for studying the vaccine’s effectiveness and side effects.

According to Our World in Data, a collaboration between the University of Oxford and Global Change Data Lab, more than 14% of Israelis were already inoculated by Monday. That was more than 10 times the rate for the United States and Britain and 40 times the rate for other Western countries such as Canada and Germany.