President Joe Biden slipped up in a speech on his Israel trip by vowing to send ‘Covid-19 doses’ to West Bank and Gaza. Watch:
“The best way to feed the flame of hope is to demonstrate that things can be better,” Biden said. “And President Abbas, the United States is a partner in this work to improve the day-to-day lives of the Palestinian people. That’s why, when I came to office, I reserved a policy — I’ve reversed the policies of my predecessor and resumed aid to the Palestinians, more than a half a billion dollars in 2021.”
“That’s support for the economic development of the Palestinian people, to strengthen Palestinian security, to provide food for people to eat, to respond to the pandemic, including donating more than one million doses of Covid-19 to the West Bank and Gaza,” he said.
“It also includes more than 400 million in humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian refugees through the United Relief and Works Agency, the UNRWA,” he added. “And today I’m announcing United States is going to provide an additional 200 million to the UNRWA so it can continue this vital work of helping the most vulnerable Palestinians…”
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Biden’s gaffe is particularly ironic since Israel saw one of the biggest Covid case spikes in the world, despite its highly vaccinated population.
In January, a Harvard-led study of 68 nations and 2,947 counties in the United States published in the European Journal of Epidemiology shattered the argument that the mRNA shots marketed as “vaccines” do anything significant to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The Harvard researcher who co-authored the study, S. V. Subramanian of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, teamed up with Canadian researcher Akhil Kumar to perform the research.
At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days (Fig. 1). In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.
Israel was also one of the most suggestive cases for the above-cited Harvard study.
“Notably, Israel with over 60% of their population fullyvaccinated had the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in the last 7 days,” the authors wrote. “The lack of a meaningful association between percentage population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases is further exempliﬁed, for instance, by comparison of Iceland and Portugal. Both countries have over 75% of their population fully vaccinated and have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have around 10% of their population fully vaccinated.”
The study also makes an interesting point about counties with extremely high vaccination rates: “Of the top 5 counties that have the highest percentageof population fully vaccinated (99.9–84.3%), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identiﬁes 4 of them as ‘High’ Transmission counties.”
Thus, if you believe that getting nearly the entire local population “vaccinated” will do anything to stop the spread, the data clearly say ‘think again.’
Biden may have meant that he is sending Covid-19 vaccines to the West Bank and Gaza, but based on their performance, they will do nothing to stop actual Covid-19 from spreading across the country.
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