Channel 12 News joined Former Health Ministry Director Professor Yoram Lass as he arrived Thursday to be vaccinated against COVID-19, insisting that “government hysteria” surrounding the virus is immense and exaggerated.
“They ruined the lives of young people, for what?”, he asks.
Lass says the unprecedented destruction that humanity experienced this year could have been avoided, and he does not think the relatively low mortality rate is attributable to lockdowns: “Lockdowns – this is something that’s been proven in many works I’ve read – make no difference at all,” he told Channel 12.
Why then did he get vaccinated?
Lass “just wants to get back to his life,” even if he does not believe the vaccine’s effectiveness in Israel is provable.
“I want to go back to the orchestra I love to hear,” he said. “Only the vaccine will calm this wave, only the vaccine will save – even if it is a placebo vaccine.”
Source: Arutz Sheva
Yesterday, 70,000 people in Israel were vaccinated, according to data published today in a situation assessment by the Ministry of Health.
44% of those aged 60 and over were vaccinated with the first dose.
As of last night, 1,019,133 vaccinations had been carried out in the country.
As early as yesterday, 5,993 tested COVID-19 positive, with the rate of positive tests standing at 6.1% out of 97,887 tests. The weekly average stands at 5,001.
In haredi society, the rate of positive tests in the last week is 14.1%. In Arab society, the percentage is 10.8%, and in the general population, the percentage is 3.8%.
Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Umm al-Fahm to mark one million vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel.
In a statement, he said: “If the disease rages then it will be difficult for us to stop the deaths of the people. It is better for us to close for a few days, no more than that. We need to tighten for a few days and then open and that is what we want to do. Hopefully the politicians will recover and help us. We could find a few things to tighten up.”
Source: Arutz Sheva