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Interesting Psak: Participation in CoronaVirus Vaccine Trials

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
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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