COVID-19: Disappointing Vaccination Results in Israel

The various available vaccines likely have different efficacy and adverse effect profiles

Israel has a very high COVID-19 vaccination rate: 78% of those 12 and older are fully vaccinated, nearly all with the Pfizer/BioNTech product. Yet they’re having a major surge with the delta variant.

Remember, the EUA vaccines were sold to us originally as preventing severe disease and death. We know they don’t prevent much infection, if any.

An article at Science notes that: “As of 15 August, 514 Israelis were hospitalized with severe or critical COVID-19, a 31% increase from just 4 days earlier. Of the 514, 59% were fully vaccinated. Of the vaccinated, 87% were 60 or older.”

Why the surge? One theory is that immunity conferred by the vaccine is waning over time. Israel is recommending a booster shot for those over 50 and six months past the original 2-shot vaccination.

The article concludes:

Yet boosters are unlikely to tame a Delta surge on their own, says Dvir Aran, a biomedical data scientist at Technion. In Israel, the current surge is so steep that “even if you get two-thirds of those 60-plus [boosted], it’s just gonna give us another week, maybe 2 weeks until our hospitals are flooded.” He says it’s also critical to vaccinate those who still haven’t received their first or second doses, and to return to the masking and social distancing Israel thought it had left behind—but has begun to reinstate.

Aran’s message for the United States and other wealthier nations considering boosters is stark: “Do not think that the boosters are the solution.”

Given the known and unknown risks of the vaccines, if I were one of the tyrants mandating vaccination I would rescind my order.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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