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Many health experts are afraid to give media interviews about COVID-19 vaccines due to concrete threats posed by anti-vaccine campaigners, a senior official at Israel’s largest hospital has said.
The comments by Professor Gili Regev-Yochay, director of the infectious disease epidemiology unit at Sheba Medical Center, come after the director of public health services at the Ministry of Health, Sharon Alroy-Preis, received a detail security due to death threats.
“The threats against Sharon Alroy-Preis are worrying,” Regev-Yochay told the Ynet news site.
“It starts with an incentive and ends much worse. We once had a prime minister who was assassinated, ”she said, referring to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 by a right-wing extremist.
“There are people who don’t want to go talk to the media about immunizing children or in general, out of fear,” she says, as the country prepares to start immunizing children aged 5 to 11. in the coming weeks. “There are people who don’t voice their opinions, and that’s a shame.”
Regev-Yochay says that she too received “curses and derision”.
“They call me a Nazi, a ‘child poisoner’ stuff like that, mostly around vaccines. It’s not like what Sharon is going through. I think it’s shocking and I can’t not go unanswered.