“Vaccine Doubters” See Problems in Israel While WaPo Says No

“Vaccine Doubters” See Problems in Israel While WaPo Says No

According to a July 17 headline from the Washington Post, “vaccine doubters” have an unreasonable focus on Israel as a case study that should cause us to rethink our COVID-19 strategies. Let’s take a look at the Post’s argument, and then see if it makes any sense. Vaccine skeptics have looked to Israel for some time, as they probably had the most aggressive and thorough vaccine campaign on the planet. Yet cases increased for “a little while,” leading some to argue that perhaps the vaccines don’t work as advertised. Contrary to skeptics’ views, once the vaccination effort took off, the nation went from 10,000 new cases a day down to about ten. Per the Post, since Israel only had 100 COVID-19 deaths in the last three months, the proof is in that efficaciousness demonstrated. Now, the country is seeing an uptick in cases, mostly in vaccinated folks. A skeptic who shows up on Fox News said that the data showed a, “complete vaccine failure on every level.” Another doctor on Fox opined that, “the delta variant really is not ... protected at all by the vaccines,” and added, “There is no reason right now — no clinical reason to go get vaccinated.” Acknowledging that the delta variant is “...

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