Israel, one of the nations that vaccinated the majority of its population according to official data, launched an operation to administer the third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine against the CCP virus (COVID) to people over 60 years of age because infections soared with the new Delta strain and because studies show that the vaccine’s effectiveness dropped to 16% only six months after it was applied.
The Gertner Institute, Israel’s national epidemiological research body, conducted the research, which concluded that the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine declined sharply.
Dr. Amit Huppert of the institute’s biostatistics unit told The Times of Israel that lawmakers should pay attention.
The government “should not be panicked but should take the data seriously, as it’s a warning that should not be ignored,” he said. “Most of us did not believe a month ago we could be in this situation.”
Although experts in the field have questioned the conclusions of the studies conducted by the Gertner Institute, as of Sunday night, there were 18,368 active cases of COVID in Israel. On Friday, 2,437 people tested positive for COVID.
According to official statistics, Israel administered vaccines to nearly 60 percent of its population. Still, the vaccines have not been able to curb contagions. That is why the government is considering a return to the use of masks, quarantine, and even health passports, a very unpopular measure that’s meeting resistance all over the world.
The only rationale the authorities maintain as valid is that vaccines effectively prevent hospitalization or severe symptoms, but not immunity.
In fact, according to epidemiologists, there is also no certainty that the third dose is effective in boosting protection. However, they still claim that it ‘will do no harm’ and is better than not administering it.
However, there was also resistance from experts who consider the government’s decision to administer the third dose premature, as the third dose has not been approved by regulators such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Some others have said they prefer to focus their efforts on unvaccinated people, which accounts for 1.1 million in Israel.
Despite data showing that vaccines do not prevent infection, in Israel, as in other countries worldwide, authorities have repeatedly blamed the part of the population that does not want to take the vaccine for the inability to escape the pandemic or otherwise ‘go back to normal.’
Dr. Dvir Aran, an expert in health statistics at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, said that the people who refuse to be vaccinated are mostly skeptical about the existence or danger of COVID-19, distrustful of health services and, in general, are relatively unlikely to get tested.
However, visible censorship in the mainstream media and social media about vaccine safety raises serious questions about why accurate information about the adverse effects of vaccines is intentionally withheld from the public and labeled as ‘misinformation.’
For example,a private Facebook group that now has almost 65,000 members,where everyone speaks about losing a loved one after getting a vaccine, or having suffered adverse effects ranging from Parkinson’s, seizures, permanent limb paralysis, rashes, pneumonia, etc.
In this group, people, bewildered, tell their story and ask if anyone has had something similar happen to them, hoping to find a reason or a cure. Many of them declare to be in favor of vaccines but not censure the things they have experienced after getting them.
While health authorities have claimed that these adverse effects represent a tiny portion of the overall results, statistics indicate that the coronavirus vaccine is the most unsafe vaccine science has yet created.