May 18, 2022
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In a wide-ranging and forthright interview with Freddie Sayers, Professor Cyrille Cohen, head of Immunology at Bar Ilan University and a member of the advisory committee for vaccines for the Israeli Government said: – The Green Pass/vaccine passport concept was no longer relevant in the Omicron era and should be phased out.

“Green pass is not necessarily – and that’s not a secret – it’s not necessary to prevent transmission. It’s also to encourage people to get vaccinated” he said.

He expected it to be in short order in Israel. He and his colleagues were surprised and disappointed that the vaccines did not prevent transmission, as they had originally hoped. The biggest mistake of the pandemic in Israel was closing schools and education. He apologized for that. Widespread infection is now an inevitable part of future immunity — otherwise known as herd immunity. Omicron has accelerated the pandemic into the endemic phase, in which Covid will be “like flu.”