Israeli Vaccine Chief: “We have made mistakes” – Interview with Professor Cyrille Cohen, head of Immunology at Bar Ilan University | UnHerd | Jan 18, 2022 (Video)

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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 (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 apologised 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”

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00:00 – Introduction  
01:39What has Israel learned from its approach to covid?  
04:03Was Professor Cyrille Cohen surprised to learn that the vaccines are less effective at preventing transmission than hoped?
05:38Should vaccine passports be phased out in the Omicron era?  
10:32Why was ‘herd immunity’ so controversial – and is it making a comeback?  
12:58What does Cyrille Cohen think of the UK’s covid experience?  
14:41Has the politicisation of science been strange to the professor?  
16:50What would Cyrille do differently if he was advising the Israeli government on a future pandemic?
22:14Is Omicron the end of the pandemic?  
25:45Should we just leave anti-vaxxers alone?  
28:39Are cancer vaccines just around the corner?  
29:50Concluding thoughts



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