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"The Forecaster" of the Corona: "Do not belittle those who are afraid to get vaccinated, it is our responsibility to convince" | Israel today


While the world is on "omicron alert", Prof. Eli Schafercher of Ichilov, who built the models for predicting the number of patients difficult, believes that there is no reason to panic • "Do not remember such an effective and safe vaccine" • "We are not in the fifth wave, nor in two weeks"

In the face of global uncertainty, with the CEO of Modern, Stefan Bensel, questioning the protection provided by his vaccine against the Omicron strain, and with Sharon Elrai Price expressing in the Knesset her concerns about the mutations and the ability to spread the virus, Prof. Eli Shafcher of Ichilov, the expert behind Predicted the number of patients severely, to the cane line led by the hospital since the onset of the epidemic.

He monitors the low number of verified people currently discovered in Israel, and sees no reason to panic.

"The decision to prevent inbound tourism for two weeks is reasonable," he says.

"I doubt if it matters because there is no way to prevent variants from entering Israel, especially of a strain that is highly contagious. This decision may be delayed a bit. There is no difference between a tourist coming from a particular country or an Israeli returning from a vacation from the same country.

"I would make sure that the people who come from abroad and the isolations are closely monitored, and the electronic bracelets can be returned to the table.

At this time I was investing in the vaccination campaign because they provide the best protection against the omicron.

I do not remember when we had a vaccine so effective and so safe.

I do not understand how in the face of such a gift, which came from science, there are people who do not adopt it to them. "

The team of experts determined by a decisive majority: Vaccination of children aged 11-5 against Corona should be recommended // Photo: Gil Kramer

Can you understand parents who are afraid to vaccinate their young children?

"Absolutely. I do not underestimate or judge them. It is our responsibility as doctors and as a health system to explain to them and convince them."

If you had a five-year-old, would you store it?

"Obviously. I was standing in line from day one."

Prof. Schaeffer also refers to the wild incitement against doctors who openly support vaccines.

"The fact that Sharon Elrai Price is forced to hang out with a security guard is terrible in my eyes. Since the Corona we have witnessed extremism in the social discourse, and medicine is at the center of this discourse. Israel is not a non-violent country, but I have never seen such an outburst.

Do you estimate that Omicron will have an impact here in Israel?

"I can not say no," he says cautiously.

"It is impossible to say that there is no chance that it will affect the morbidity, but there are currently no data that allow me to say otherwise. It was clear that variants would enter here, and it will not be the last. Israel is currently in good condition, but also vulnerable.

Are we on the verge of a fifth wave?

"We are not at the beginning of a fifth wave, nor will we be in two weeks. What will happen next - I can not say."

So how long are we expected to continue like this with the Corona?

"I estimate that a few years. In a wild guess: less than ten years."

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Source: israelhayom

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