Israel is seeing the highest-ever number of Covid cases despite having over 80% of its population vaccinated. I don’t know how long this link will remain operative, but here it is:

And in case you missed it, this is not a situation in which more people are getting sick but the vaccine is preventing them from getting seriously ill. Plenty are getting seriously ill.

The number of patients on ventilators has climbed in the past ten days from 150 to 190, while the number of those on the more critical ECMO machines rose from 23 to 31, he said.

You know what a ventilator is, but ECMO stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, where extracorporeal means “outside the body.” So, via a vein, your circulation is connected to this artificial lung that oxygenates your blood for you.  And they have a version that also pumps your blood for you- an extracorporeal heart. But, I presume that in this case, they are just using the extracorporeal lung.

They also have a “Green Pass” system in Israel whereby you have to prove that you’ve been vaccinated before you can enter public places, particularly for sports and entertainment.

But, there is something else we should consider and that is: are the vaccines not only failing to protect people but making them more vulnerable? I’m not the only one who is thinking that way. Here is a famed virologist who agrees: