Covid-19 news from Israel
Israel: Vaccination Is “Moral Duty” – Refuseniks To Be “Left Behind”
23 February, 2021
On Sunday, Israel rolled out a digital vaccination pass that enables citizens to access gyms, swimming pools and hotels. If you cannot prove that you had the jab, you’re not getting in.
The vaccine pass has been dubbed “The Green Passport.” The vaccinated can download it through an app run by the health ministry, but it can also be printed out on paper.
As the Green Passport was unveiled, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein declared that; “Getting vaccinated is a moral duty. It is part of our mutual responsibility.” He also said that those who refuse the jab will be “left behind.”
The Israeli Police are on the lookout for Green Passport forgeries. Citizens have been told that attempting to gain entry to a venue with a forgery is a criminal offence.
As I mentioned in previous articles, the UK government is determining whether to follow Israel’s lead. Anti-passport protests in Israel have been sporadic. Israeli’s seem resigned to it all. What of the Irish or the British? Will vaccine passports be the final straw, or will there be a collective sigh and a shrug of the shoulders followed by acquiescence? Time will tell.https://www.youtube.com/embed/CIj-NxevEtE
Y Net,24 February, 2021
The United States’ infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci is full of praise for Israel’s “extraordinarily good” vaccination campaign, but believes that the world still has a long way to go before it sees an end to the pandemic that has now been raging for more than a year.
“I don’t think we should declare that we’re nearing the end,” says Fauci, despite more people receiving vaccines every day.
“We’re certainly seeing in most countries — in the United States for sure, and also definitely in Israel, probably to a greater extent than any place else — a sharp decline in the daily cases of the SARS-CoV-2,” he tells i24NEWS. “In the United States, the background level of daily cases was so extraordinarily high for such a long period of time,” he says. “We were having between 300,000 and up to sometimes 400,000 cases per day.”“We’re now down to a weekly average of about 65,000, which is terrific compared to where we were, but terrible when you think in terms of what that means 65,000 new infections a day,” Fauci says.
TEL AVIV, Israel — Dr. Anthony Fauci has won the $1 million Dan David Prize for “defending science” and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The Israel-based Dan David Foundation on Monday named President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser as the winner of one of three prizes. It said he had earned the recognition over a lifetime of leadership on HIV research and AIDS relief, as well as his advocacy for the vaccines against COVID-19.
In its statement, the private foundation did not mention former President Donald Trump, who undermined Fauci’s follow-the-science approach to the pandemic. But it credited Fauci with “courageously defending science in the face of uninformed opposition during the challenging COVID crisis.”
“As the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled, (Fauci) leveraged his considerable communication skills to address people gripped by fear and anxiety and worked relentlessly to inform individuals in the United States and elsewhere about the public health measures essential for containing the pandemic’s spread,” the foundation’s awards committee said, praising Fauci for “speaking truth to power in a highly charged political environment.”