Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the department of microbiology and immunology at Tel Aviv University and one of Israel’s leading immunologists, wrote an open letter to the Israeli Health Ministry in N12 Mako Hebrew-language news criticizing their handling of the pandemic. The letter from Prof. Qimron goes into detail regarding the perceived failures and a translation is printed below.
Doomed to fail
Prof. Qimron opened his letter with an emphatic criticism of the unrealistic promises made by the health officials that they would eradicate COVID-19, a promise the professor stated was “doomed to fail”. The professor blamed the media for being complicit in the government’s malfeasance.
The professor stated that the government claimed credit for defeating the periodic waves, a phenomenon he noted is inherent to epidemics. Prof. Qimron insisted that government programs of mass testing are “ineffective”, a fact he noted the Health Ministry was well-aware of.
He emphasized that natural immunity is more effective at preventing infection than the vaccine, which he also noted the ministry was aware of. As a result, the vaccinated are more contagious than people who developed natural immunity.
He also cited testimonies and statements by experts and health professionals that had been ridiculed and discredited by the media and the government. Meanwhile, the professor noted, the government was suppressing efforts to report on adverse side effects of the vaccines.
An aggressive program of vaccination
All this, he noted, had destroyed the economy, led to an unsuccessful government health program to combat the pandemic, and destroyed public trust.
Israel has pursued an aggressive program of vaccination, with 17.6 million doses administered and six million people (65% of the population) fully vaccinated. Despite these efforts, there have been 1.8 million infections and 8,318 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began. The government enforced three nationwide lockdowns and extended travel restrictions. Mask mandates have been enforced as have school shutdowns and green passport programs
In the end, the truth will always be revealed, and the truth about the coronavirus policy is beginning to be revealed. When the destructive concepts collapse one by one, there is nothing left but to tell the experts who led the management of the pandemic — we told you so.
Refusing to admit failure
Two years late, you finally realize that a respiratory virus cannot be defeated and that any such attempt is doomed to fail. You do not admit it, because you have admitted almost no mistake in the last two years, but in retrospect, it is clear that you have failed miserably in almost all of your actions, and even the media is already having a hard time covering your shame.
You refused to admit that the infection comes in waves that fade by themselves, despite years of observations and scientific knowledge. You insisted on attributing every decline of a wave solely to your actions, and so through false propaganda “you overcame the plague.” And again you defeated it, and again and again and again.
You refused to admit that mass testing is ineffective, despite your own contingency plans explicitly stating so (“Pandemic Influenza Health System Preparedness Plan, 2007”, p. 26).
You refused to admit that recovery is more protective than a vaccine, despite previous knowledge and observations showing that non-recovered vaccinated people are more likely to be infected than recovered people.
Knowledge from China
You refused to admit that the vaccinated are contagious despite the observations. Based on this, you hoped to achieve herd immunity by vaccination—and you failed in that as well.
You insisted on ignoring the fact that the disease is dozens of times more dangerous for risk groups and older adults than for young people who are not in risk groups, despite the knowledge that came from China as early as 2020.
You refused to adopt the “Barrington Declaration,” signed by more than 60,000 scientists and medical professionals, or other common-sense programs. You chose to ridicule, slander, distort and discredit them. Instead of the right programs and people, you have chosen professionals who lack relevant training for pandemic management (physicists as chief government advisers, veterinarians, security officers, media personnel, and so on).
You have not set up an effective system for reporting side effects from the vaccines, and reports on side effects have even been deleted from your Facebook page. Doctors avoid linking side effects to the vaccine, lest you persecute them as you did with some of their colleagues.
You have ignored many reports of changes in menstrual intensity and menstrual cycle times. You hid data that allows for objective and proper research (for example, you removed the data on passengers at Ben Gurion Airport). Instead, you chose to publish non-objective articles together with senior Pfizer executives on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.
Irreversible damage to trust
However, from the heights of your hubris, you have also ignored the fact that in the end the truth will be revealed. And it begins to be revealed. The truth is that you have brought the public’s trust in you to an unprecedented low, and you have eroded your status as a source of authority.
The truth is that you have burned hundreds of billions of shekels to no avail — for publishing intimidation, for ineffective tests, for destructive lockdowns and for disrupting the routine of life in the last two years.
You have destroyed the education of our children and their future. You made children feel guilty, scared, smoke, drink, get addicted, drop out, and quarrel, as school principals around the country attest. You have harmed livelihoods, the economy, human rights, mental health and physical health.
Divided society and polarized the discourse
You slandered colleagues who did not surrender to you, you turned the people against each other, divided society and polarized the discourse. You branded, without any scientific basis, people who chose not to get vaccinated as enemies of the public and as spreaders of disease. You promote, in an unprecedented way, an oppressive policy of discrimination, denial of rights, and selection of people, including children, for their medical choice. A selection that lacks any epidemiological justification.
When you compare the destructive policies you are pursuing with the sane policies of some other countries—you can clearly see that the destruction you have caused has only added victims beyond the vulnerable to the virus. The economy you ruined, the unemployed you caused, and the children whose education you destroyed—they are the surplus victims as a result of your own actions only.
There is currently no medical emergency, but you have been cultivating such a condition for two years now because of lust for power, budgets, and control. The only emergency now is that you still set policies and hold huge budgets for propaganda and psychological engineering instead of directing them to strengthen the health care system.
This emergency must stop!
Professor Udi Qimron, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University