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Israel’s effectiveness in handling the pandemic puts our millionaire ministers to shame

I refer to the article “Covid-19: Time to have new mindset in endemic phase” (ST, 8 Aug). (S’pore’s Press Freedom Ranking 160th!)

The editor-at-large, Han Fook Kwang commented that credit should go to the government as the high vaccination rate of almost 70 per cent has enabled the country to move towards this possibility.

In this connection, it might be useful to compare Singapore to Israel which had been the first country in the world to fully vaccinate all its adult citizens more than 3 months ago. “Covid: Israel may be reaching herd immunity” (BBC, 14 Apr).

In a commentary, prominent Filipino doctor Anthony “Tony” C. Leachon explains how the Isreali leaders have pulled off the best planning in the world.

First their leadership understood “at the onset of the pandemic last year that the only way to beat a virus was through herd immunity, and that vaccination was key to expediting this process”.

Next, the then Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (who studied at both MIT and Harvard) used his connections at his alumnus to build a personal friendship with the CEOs of both Pfizer and Moderna.

As soon as Pfizer announced successful Phase 3 trials, his government “made a deal to pick up their first 8 million doses for twice the price of what Pfizer was eventually aiming to sell the vaccine”.

As early as November 2020, Israel had already acquired the vaccines it required to immunize its people whilst the rest of the world was still suffering.

Whilst the price that Israel paid may seem expensive, it is no doubt miniscule compared to the extra medical costs of Covid. Also to put things in perspective, the economic costs from just three days of lockdown was more than the overpayment for all the vaccines they bought.

Whilst Singapore is also considered one of the more successful countries in terms of vaccination and infection rates, it must be noted that we had to undergo not only one “circuit breaker” but also another two “heightened alerts” as well, with more than $90 billion in the Covid-19 Budgets.

Finally, it should be noted that Temasek had huge investments in Pfizer. Despite this probable advantage, arguably, why is it that Singapore did not seemingly manage to, strategically manoeuvre to obtain a first mover advantage as Israel did, whose Ministers are earning one-tenth of ours.

Can we say that our 4G ‘leaders’ are worthy of their widely regarded to be, astronomical salaries?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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14 Responses to “Israel’s effectiveness in handling the pandemic puts our millionaire ministers to shame”

  • While I agree with Mr Leong’s comparison of the effectiveness of Isreal’s Health Authorities to that of the clueless and shameless MTF, I beg to differ on the vaccine itself.

    Here’s something from within Isreal’s hospitals:

    “95% of the severe patients are vaccinated”.
    “85-90% of the hospitalizations are in Fully vaccinated people.”
    “We are opening more and more COVID wards.”
    “The effectiveness of the vaccine is waning/fading out”

    YouTube Link.

    And this news.

    Just to add, the vaccines are almost useless against the Lambada C19 variant, which is HIGHLY infectious. Sinkieland has no Lambada variant currently, but with the planned opening up, it may soon be imported to play with the Delta very soon.

    Maybe Mr leong might want to update or follow-up with an article to reflect this?

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  • Deep pocket:

    Israel put their millions into healthcare for their people, not their pockets.

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  • Harder Truths:

    The Regime has still not recognised the most effective real vaccine produced so far – Sputnik by the Russian Federation. The current Phase III drugs are made by US or China all have significant long term effects.

    Why is the obviously superior vaccine not allowed to be recognised in $G? Does the political necessity in $G greater than the lives of citizens?

    Tech: When you remember that this party is everything $$$, it is then not hard to figure out why. Hint: Temasick has no investment in the pharma that produces Sputnik.

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  • Sinkiepoor:

    Israel is as,small as Sg .
    But its leaders are far superior.
    Their *GENERALS* are not FAKE like ours.

    Israel’s govt is of a different class.
    Ours can only smell Israeli govt’s fart.

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  • Realistically:

    Just to add a couple of points missed out:

    1. I read that Israel’s ability to get the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine was also conditioned upon Israel’s commitment to also be a test-bed for the vaccine.

    2. Israel’s achievement in its management of the COVID-19 pandemic is probably due to the fact that it is a better democracy………..that’s its people are highly innovative and values merit while the emperor without clothes faces no such political pressure and competition and relies on his abuse of power, self-serving rather than for the country economy and sinkies’ welfare…………and a BROKEN justice system which serves the emperor without clothes

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  • Realistically:

    Just to remind that I have pointed out the utter incompetence of the emperor without clothes and his MMTF in their mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic from the very beginning, starting with my debunking of the MMTF FIRST press conference on 27 January 2020 and which must have cause the MMTF to withdraw what they said the very next day. It mist also have led to the change in the position of the Director of Medical Services with Assoc Professor Kenneth Mak taking over from 1 February 2020.

    Over the course of the last 11/2 years, I have criticized the MMTF’s handling of the pandemic as I have pointed out some commonsensical solutions for better outcome at lower cost both in $ terms as well as lessening the miseries and sufferings, which the MMTF refused to implement…………….

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  • Realistically:

    Below is what I’ve found on the SINKaPOOR website after googling for the Pfizer Biotech vaccine:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=pfizer+vaccine&oq=Pfis&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j46i10i199i291i433j0i512j0i10i433j0i512j0i10i433j0i512l3j0i271.8621j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    The Health Sciences Authority authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, based on the following assessment: It has a high vaccine efficacy of 95% in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease in vaccinated persons aged 16 years and older. Its safety profile is consistent with other established and registered vaccines….
    Singapore · http://www.gov.sg
    What you should know about the COVID 19 vaccine – gov.sg

    The latest development on the deaths and of affected person requiring oxygen supplementation and also a person in ICU after they have been twice vaccinated per protocol clearly debunks the assertion/assurance by the Health Science Authority of Singapore.

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  • Vaccine may not the the answer:

    Vaccine may not be the answer..Too much hope on it.
    Anyway Israel is suffering from Delta Variant surge now..it seem the Vaccinated people still get the Delta Variant there.
    Better take extra precaution even if you are Vaccinated.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I judge this task force not by how many vaccination done. I judge them by how they handle this pandemic.

    From the start of this pandemic, they said no mask unless ill, just because of masks shortage.

    They failed to prevent entry of virus from the Wuhan where other countries already did so.

    During the Circuit Breaker they failed in consider those on the move unable to eat anywhere, some had eat hiding in toilet, in their taxi, on the top floor of HDB’s flat’s staircases, etc.

    They failed in foreigner workers accommodations, allowing virus to spread in them.

    They failed to close the border to prevent Delta variant from entering even though they knew the source. They not even dare to mention the country where the virus came from.

    They failed to check on KTV converted to bistros for any activity that did not observe safe management, but able to use 6 officers to check on a private home, without any obvious reason and no warrant!

    They failed in disseminate a standard operation procedure in control of safe entry into malls and building, even until now! Example; why only one entry where 4 free gateways devices were given to malls and building managements. This way only encourage people to converge into one single point! Now hawker centers are doing the same! Isn’t spreading people is better than converge them together??!! Why temperature screening when Convid 19 is asymptomatic?

    There are many more failures without the task force knowing them.

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  • ah chik:

    Our $cholar-ministers over-hyped themselves .
    They have proclaimed they are very thick-skinned.
    So?

    I pui,pui,pui!

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  • Virus not so easy:

    This Virus is still evolving…many thing we still do not know about it.
    We have not beaten it yet..
    Even Israel with so high vaccinated is having problem controlling the Delta Variant.
    Do not put too much hope on the existing Vaccine…new one will be needed as the Virus response to overcome it.
    This Virus will not be going soon…Better take extra precaution.

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  • Spike Mutation:

    NotMyProblem:
    I judge this task force not by how many vaccination done. I judge them by how they handle this pandemic.

    From the start of this pandemic, they said no mask unless ill, just because of masks shortage.

    They failed to prevent entry of virus from the Wuhan where other countries already did so.

    During the Circuit Breaker they failed in consider those on the move unable to eat anywhere, some had eat hiding in toilet, in their taxi, on the top floor of HDB’s flat’s staircases, etc.

    They failed in foreigner workers accommodations, allowing virus to spread in them.

    They failed to close the border to prevent Delta variant from entering even though they knew the source. They not even dare to mention the country where the virus came from.

    They failed to check on KTV converted to bistros for any activity that did not observe safe management, but able to use 6 officers to check on a private home, without any obvious reason and no warrant!

    They failed in disseminate a standard operation procedure in control of safe entry into malls and building, even until now! Example; why only one entry where 4 free gateways devices were given to malls and building managements. This way only encourage people to converge into one single point! Now hawker centers are doing the same! Isn’t spreading people is better than converge them together??!! Why temperature screening when Convid 19 is asymptomatic?

    There are many more failures without the task force knowing them.

    Well point out!
    But lets face it, how many citizens can think or discern like you. Many they dont think politics and their opinion is a regurgitation of the social engineered news the subscribe to

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  • Realistically:

    The 160th ranked ST has just published a report which confirms my earlier post that Israel had agreed to be a test-bed for the Pfizer vaccine.

    https://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/israel-sets-up-covid-19-rapid-test-stations-nationwide
    ….

    Last December, the country of nine million people was one of the first to launch a major vaccination campaign, thanks to an agreement with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer giving it rapid access to millions of doses in exchange for biomedical data on the effects of the vaccine.
    ….

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  • MarBowling:

    The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid19 vaccine is an mRNA-based Covid19 vaccine DEVELOPED by the German biotechnology company BioNTech which is based in Mainz, Germany.

    Germany under Hilter had managed to KNOCK OUT about 6 millions of Jews in the famous Holocaust!

    In the LOONG TERM, Maybe this Pfizer vaccine is able achieve a better TARGET of 9 millions. LOL!

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