Israel: Highest infection rate in the world

Israel: Highest coronavirus infection rate in the world (OWD)

Updated: September 14, 2021
: September 2, 2021
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Israel is reporting the highest coronavirus infection rate in the world, showing that neither vaccine mandates nor “vaccine passports” are suitable means to limit or end the pandemic.

Israel has been a global pioneer in covid mass vaccinations as well as in introducing the highly controversial “vaccine passport” (Green Pass). Nevertheless, since late August 2021, Israel has been reporting the highest coronavirus infection rate in the entire world (see chart above).

The Israeli case clearly shows that neither covid vaccine mandates nor “vaccine passports” are suitable means to limit or end the pandemic. This is because covid vaccines are unable to reduce coronavirus infections and transmission, and they lose much of their effectiveness even against severe disease within a few months, a medical fact already known from influenza vaccines.

It should be noted that even in Israel, covid vaccines continue to provide some protection against hospitalization and severe disease (about 50%). Nevertheless, double-vaccinated Israeli citizens will again be counted as ‘unvaccinated’ and will require a third dose. It may well be, however, that “booster shots” have actually increased recent coronavirus infections (“post-vaccination spike”).

On the positive side, Israeli data confirms that natural immunity, acquired through previous infection, is much stronger and long-lasting – providing a protection up to 27 times higher than vaccination – thus opening up a realistic path out of the pandemic. Depending on the country, between 5% and 75% of the population have already acquired natural immunity.

In addition, Israel was the first country to confirm the rather troubling safety profile of covid vaccines, reporting a “murky wave of heart attacks” and an increase in all-cause mortality – even in young people – already back in March and April 2021. By now, serious and fatal cardiovascular and neurological covid vaccine adverse events have been well documented (see updated overview). Globally, covid vaccines may already have killed or severely injured more than 100,000 people.

Given the obvious failure of “vaccine passports”, several countries have already had to withdraw them. In Spain, the highest court stopped their use, calling them “ineffective and unconstitutional”; in Denmark, the government was pressured to discontinue them; in Switzerland, people will have a binding vote in November; in some US states, they have already been outlawed; in Sweden, covid mortality has remained below the European average without any major restrictions, anyway.

(Ironically, Sweden just banned Israeli citizens – even if vaccinated – from entering the country.)

In contrast, governments in places like France, Italy, Germany, Britain, Canada, and some US states (e.g. New York) have not yet abandoned their “vaccine passport” schemes, requiring them for cultural events, restaurants, public transport or even shopping. In Pakistan, people without a “vaccine certificate” can no longer use motorways or even cellphones. In many of these places, citizens have responded with large protests and civil disobedience (see videos below).

Meanwhile, the WHO has recently published a document, sponsored by the Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, detailing technical specifications for the global implementation of “vaccine certificates”. Critics have long argued that “vaccine certificates” may well be a first step towards the introduction of a global digital biometric ID system that may later be expanded into a Chinese-style “social credit” population control system (watch a video about this).

But as the Israeli example shows, “vaccine passports” have already lost their justification.


Update: The WHO director for Europe acknowledged that covid vaccines won’t achieve ‘herd immunity’. The government of Iceland – which despite a record vaccination rate of 90% experienced its strongest covid wave – admitted that it was “a mistake” to have privileged vaccinated citizens. By October, ‘vaccine passport’ pioneers Singapore and Lithuania were reaching record infection rates.


1) Israel: Mass vaccinations have failed to limit infections

Vaccinated and unvaccinated people have almost the same infection rate. (FT)

Israel: Same infection rate in unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people (Financial Times)

2) Vaccinated or unvaccinated: same viral load

Vaccinated and unvaccinated people are equally infectious. (Study)

Vaccinated or unvaccinated: Same viral load and infectiousness (Riemersma et al)

3) Protection against severe covid down to about 50%

In Israeli senior citizens, protection against severe disease has dropped to about 50%. (MOH)

Pfizer vaccine effectiveness against severe disease, by month of second dose, 65+ (Israeli MOH)

4) Sweden: Mortality, 1990 to 2021

No-lockdown Sweden has had an excess mortality of 10% since March 2020.

Sweden: Mortality 1990 to 2021, August to Juli (SCB)

5) “Vaccine passports” in France

A couple in a French bar has to show their “vaccine passport” and ID to armed police.

Bordeaux: A couple in a bar has to show their “vaccine passport” and ID to armed police. (08/2021)

6) Bill Gates on “vaccine passports” (March 2020)

Bill Gates demanding “digital immunity proof” in March 2020. Read more.

7) Edward Snowden on coronavirus measures (March 2020)

Edward Snowden has warned of a “permanent destruction of rights”.

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