Highly Vaccinated Israel Has a Nagging Coronavirus Problem

Highly Vaccinated Israel Has a Nagging Coronavirus Problem

With 81 percent of Israel’s adult population (and nearly 59 percent of its overall population) fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the number of reported SARS-CoV-2 infections down to under 20 cases per day, the Israeli government lifted most COVID-19-related restrictions in the country on June 1, 2021. One of the main remaining restrictions was the requirement that people continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces, but even that restriction was dropped by mid-June.1 2 3 4 However, by the end of June, suddenly there was an increase in reported COVID-19 cases in the highly vaccinated population.

The Israeli vaccination program has been heralded as being “enormously successful.” During Israel Independence Day celebrations (sundown Apr. 14 through sundown Apr. 15), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared:

Israel is the first country in the world to beat Corona. It’s all thanks to our successful national vaccination program.5

In an Independence Day ceremony, there was even a tribute to Pfizer, Inc. for its role in providing the experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 COVID biologic used in Israel. Pfizer’s CEO, Albert Bourla, gave a short video address to the public. He said:

Together, we have demonstrated that through mass vaccination we can defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives.5

“The situation here is quite amazing if you look at what happens around the world it’s proof how vaccines can actually get us back to our normal lives,” said Lior Haiat, spokesperson for Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The bottom line is that vaccination is the solution for the COVID. If there’s one message we can send abroad is that this is how we get over this crisis—the health crisis and also the economic crisis.”6

Delta Variant Fuels Spike in Coronavirus Cases and Naming of New Response Team

Everything seemed to be going Israel’s way up until around the third week in June when the Ministry of Health announced that it had registered 227 new coronavirus cases, compared to 13 cases of the virus the previous week, and that 70 percent of those cases had been caused by the Delta variant of the virus.7 8 Due to the sudden spike in reported SARS-CoV-2 cases, on June 25, Ministry of Health officials reinstated the indoor mask mandate in Israel and recommended that people wear masks even at outdoor events.9

On June 27, the director general of Israel’s Ministry of Health, Chezy Levy, resigned from his post. Later that day, Israel’s new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, announced the appointment of Major General (retired) Roni Numa as special czar to manage the coronavirus response at the country’s primary port of entry, Ben Gurion International Airport.10 11

In explaining the Numa appointment, Prime Minister Bennett said:

For a year and a half now, there has been a huge national weak point, and that is Ben-Gurion Airport. Therefore, in coordination with the transportation minister, the health minister and the interior minister, we decided to appoint a special director to handle transitions and prevent the entry of this virus and future variants and viruses from around the world into Israel.12

Bennett added…

Israel does not have a lot of border crossings—in fact, it is kind of an island state. There is no reason why we cannot defend ourselves even if there was no vaccine.12

On June 28, Israel’s National Coronavirus Project Coordinator Nachman Ash was appointed as the new director general of the Ministry of Health.13

Suddenly, almost overnight, there is again a sense of urgency in Israel—a renewed COVID-19 crisis in a country that had recently declared itself the first to be the first in the world to “beat Corona” and had lauded its mandatory mass vaccination program as the reason for the victory.

Israel Tightens Measures to Combat Coronavirus Infections

Israel is gearing up for a new war against an enemy it believed it had vanquished. It has appointed two new generals to implement a battle strategy. One of the strategies is to more strictly manage travelers to and from Israel.

The Ministry of Health continues to advise Israelis not to leave the country unless absolutely necessary and instructed those who leaving the country to declare that they would not visit countries where there is a high risk of coronavirus infection. Anyone who enters Israel who is not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 will be required to quarantine. Also, anyone returning to Israel from countries under a travel ban (Argentina, Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa) will required to quarantine even if they’ve been fully vaccinated.11 12 13

In addition to the stricter travel regulations, the Ministry of Health will re-emphasize the wearing of masks and getting vaccinated, particularly children. “Our approach is simple: maximum protection for Israeli citizens, with minimum harm to routine and the economy in Israel; masks instead of restrictions, vaccines instead of lockdowns,” Prime Minister Bennett said.12

Israel has a supply of approximately 1.4 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s BNT162b2 biologic, which, apparently, will expire on July 31, 2021. The Ministry of Health will be making an effort to get as many people as possible fully vaccinated before then.13

Of course, the underlying assumption behind the Israeli government’s renewed push to vaccinate is that BNT162b2 will be effective in curbing the rise of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant. But that assumption may be flawed, as evidenced by the fact that an estimated 40-50 percent of the new coronavirus infections in Israel are in people who have already been vaccinated for COVID-19.

That poses a huge dilemma for the Israeli government or any government, for that matter, which has bet the store on these shots.


If you would like to receive an e-mail notice of the most recent articles published in The Vaccine Reaction each week, click here.

Click here to view References:

1 Choi J. Israel lifts most COVID-19 restrictions. The Hill June 1, 2021.
2 Kershner I. With most adults vaccinated and case numbers low, Israel removes many restrictions. The New York Times June 1, 2021.
3 The US Posts. Delta Variant Cases Spike, Israel Reintroduces Rule On Masks. June 25, 2021.
4 TOI Staff. Officials to weigh reimposing some virus restrictions as Delta variant spreads. The Times of Israel July 3, 2021.
5 Israel Today Staff. Israel Celebrates Vaccine Victory Over Corona. Israel Today Apr. 20, 2021.
6 Cohan A. Israel’s coronavirus vaccine success can happen in Massachusetts too, Israeli officials say. Boston Herald May 1, 2021.
7 TVR Staff. Half of COVID Delta Variant Infections in Israel are in Vaccinated People. The Vaccine Reaction June 28, 2021.
8 Guenot M. Israel says the Delta variant is infecting vaccinated people, representing as many as 50% of new cases. But they’re less severe. Business Insider June 24, 2021.
9 Haaretz. Israel Renews Indoor COVID Mask Mandate as Delta Variant Spreads. June 25, 2021.
10 Efrati I. Israel’s Health Ministry Director Resigns Amid COVID Delta Variant Outbreak. Haaretz June 27, 2021.
11 Eichner I. No new measures to fight coronavirus, ministers say. yNetNews.com June 28, 2021.
12 Tercatin R. Coronavirus in Israel: Gov’t appoints special airport commissioner. The Jerusalem Post June 27, 2021.
13 Tercatin R. Coronavirus ‘czar’ Nachman Ash named new Health Ministry director-general. The Jerusalem Post June 28, 2021.
14 TVR Staff. Half of COVID Delta Variant Infections in Israel are in Vaccinated People. The Vaccine Reaction June 28, 2021.

Note: This commentary provides referenced information and perspective on a topic related to vaccine science, policy, law or ethics being discussed in public forums and by U.S. lawmakers.  The websites of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide information and perspective of federal agencies responsible for vaccine research, development, regulation and policymaking.

...

19 Responses to "Highly Vaccinated Israel Has a Nagging Coronavirus Problem"

  1. Jim   July 5, 2021 at 12:32 am

    The UK is planning a permanent lockdown mid July. If this leaked email is authentic:
    They are saying that the covid variants are nothing more than hay fever, but want to keep the
    populace scared.
    https://www.miracleofwater.com/post/life-death-emergency-alarm-now?utm_campaign=7680aae0-1d58-4456-9b48-d9c6fade54da&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&cid=8b708ed7-eedd-4ad7-b8d2-2ef13af18cc1

    Reply
    • Tom   July 13, 2021 at 2:07 pm

      wrong. stop spreading bs. UK is set to END ALL LOCKDOWN MEASURES by July 19th

      Reply
  2. Ann   July 5, 2021 at 1:10 am

    a never ending cycle of vaccine > variant > vaccine

    Reply
    • Bob   July 5, 2021 at 8:05 am

      Same playbook they use every flu season.

      Reply
      • MD   July 8, 2021 at 1:22 pm

        Exactly. That seems to be the pattern. It doesn’t make any sense to continue vaccinating more people. It’s not going to be successful, period.

        Reply
  3. brianj   July 5, 2021 at 6:42 am

    What better example of fake news could there be, Jim: the facts are just the opposite: “In a Downing Street press conference on Monday afternoon, [the PM] is expected to announce that, with 86% of adults in the UK having had at least a first jab, the government will move from relying on legal curbs to control people’s behaviour to letting individuals make their own decisions”. (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jul/04/pm-confirm-19-july-end-covid-restrictions-scientists-warnings-england ). ‘Permanent lockdown’, indeed?

    Reply
  4. Karen Bracken   July 5, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Whatever you want to call.it, it is a disease being caused by the vaccine and to cover their butts they are saying it is a variant. The vaccine was created to kill people not protect them. You just watch the global death rate over the next few years rise dramatically but of course the vaccine had nothing to do with it just like it has nothing to do with heavily vaccinated countries full of sick children.

    Reply
    • Dennis   July 6, 2021 at 6:20 am

      Thanks Karen very insightful its all too incredible to imagine….

      Reply
  5. CAWS   July 5, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Since the Covid virus was never isolated and the emergency use authorized PCR test [using an old SARS virus] was purposely cycled 50X to show 90% false positive “cases” and scare the population; how are they even identifying this so called Delta variant? Once the shots [not a vaccine sorry] came out the CDC finally admitted in January that they had been cycling the PCR wrong and were switching to a 28X recommendation. No apology for shutting down the world economy and all the non Covid related deaths from DV,Suicide,and untreated cancers,heart disease & diabetes.This of course makes the shot look effective because there are fewer “cases”. However now that there are many SICK people after getting the shot ;have they made up this variant or are people resonding to exposure to wild Corona virus like the ALL lab animals did for decades by having a cytokine storm and dying?

    Reply
    • Al   July 5, 2021 at 10:18 am

      The reduction to a CT value of 28 is Only for thoae who had the shot. Those who haven’t, still have their test s cycled 40 times. No science there.

      Reply
  6. Rosen40   July 5, 2021 at 8:09 am

    The real solution is to encorage natural immunity. Just give out some Vitamin D and Zinc, most people will have no problem fighting it off and getting long lasting natural immunity. The minority that have serious symptoms should be treated by Dr. McColllough’s protocol- monoclonal antibodies + HCQ/Ivermectin/ . This would solve the corona crises.

    Reply
    • Laura   July 5, 2021 at 11:48 pm

      Thank You!! Thank You!

      Reply
  7. Tom   July 5, 2021 at 8:17 am

    There is no delta variant. There is no proven testing method. This is more hype and propaganda designed to scare people into getting more injections. Ask yourself why if these injections are so good (95% effective according to the fake trials) would a new strain be sweeping the world when the variants are always weaker? Are you going to trust the next round of injections to be better than the first? Mind you, none of these 3rd and 4th injections will have undergone any testing whatsoever.

    Reply
  8. Ali   July 5, 2021 at 10:19 am

    The reduction to a CT value of 28 is Only for thoae who had the shot. Those who haven’t, still have their test s cycled 40 times. No science there.

    Reply
  9. Elle Keathley   July 5, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Where is the source for the statement that 40-50% of the new cases of Delta varient are fully quackinated individuals?

    Reply
  10. MATT   July 5, 2021 at 11:12 am

    THIS (COVID CRAP) IS THE BIGGEST MOST INSANE HOAX PLAYED ON MANKIND SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NO BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
    • JennyMurdock   July 6, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      Yeah really Matt. You said the truth! It’s a complete lie. The REAL DANGER IS THE FRIKKIN’ 5 and 6 G and the HELLPHONES everyone has all over the place! Now they’re launching 5G satellites into space to blanket the WORLD WITH 5G. Just read “The Invisible Rainbow” and you’ll find out!

      Reply
  11. JD   July 5, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    The nagging problem is the widespread unhealthy mask usage which promotes the contraction and spread of pathogens. The general public must remove masks and get healthy!

    Reply
  12. George   July 8, 2021 at 12:41 am

    The only way this sham continues is with the TESTING. STOP TESTING, NO MORE VIRUS.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.