Professor Ehud (Udi) Qimron is not pleased with the Israeli government’s handling of the COVID pandemic and he’s not mincing his words, as you will see in a moment.
The Israeli media and government have been unanimously pushing COVID vaccinations even for children. So the professor’s voice sounds out of tune, yet he is solidly within the medical/scientific establishment as an expert in a highly relevant field at the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.
In September of 2020, Qimron appeared before the special Knesset COVID committee. Already at that time the professor gave his scientific opinion to the politicians. He claimed that the dramatic estimates of 100,000 potential Israeli deaths due to COVID had turned out to be hugely exaggerated, and he appealed to the Israeli government to give a more measured response to the virus after it had been ascertained in his opinion that this was not anywhere near a “once-in-a-century plague.”
The professor has been one of the leading Israeli experts appealing for a less panicked response (although most media channels have ignored them).
Last month, he wrote the following letter to the Israel Ministry of Health, which was published by the Hebrew news portal N12.
LETTER OF PROFESSOR EHUD (UDI) QIMRON:
Ministry of Health, it’s time to admit failure
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.”
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. You refused to admit that the vaccinated infect others and get infected 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 tens 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 – stakeholders – on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.
Irreversible damage to public trust
At the same time, 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 point, 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.
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 imposed, in an unprecedented way, a draconian policy of discrimination, denial of rights and selection of people, including children, for their medical choice. A selection that lacks any epidemiological justification.
When comparing the destructive policies you are pursuing with the sane policies of some other countries — one can clearly see that the destruction you have caused has only added victims beyond the [direct] harm of 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 alone.
There is currently no medical emergency, but you have been cultivating such an atmosphere for two years now because of lust for power, budgets and control. The only current emergency is that you are still setting policies and holding huge budgets for propaganda and psychological engineering instead of directing them to strengthen the health care system.
This state of emergency must end!
Professor Udi Qimron, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University