Something Stinks at the Israeli Ministry of Health

thanks John

So the Public Health Agency of Canada is not alone, the Israeli Ministry of Health has been up to no good as well:

  • “No new signal” – The MOH went so far as to claim there were no new adverse events found in the study that were not already known – no new signals. What about the neurological injuries, which the researchers said are not even mentioned in Pfizer’s label? What about the long duration, or the re-challenge? None of these findings is anywhere to be found in the official report.
  • Manipulating the numbers – the MOH tried to downplay the reporting rate in at least 3 ways:
  1. By taking the number of patient reports received and dividing them by the total number of doses given in Israel for the entire year and a half since the beginning of the vaccine rollout – ~18 million, hiding the fact that they only instituted the system in December 2021, and that the analysis was done on reports received during the 6 months until May 2022.
  1. In order to downplay the rate of reports on menstrual irregularities, the MOH used a denominator of the total number of all adult doses – ~16 million – thus including men in the equation of how common menstrual irregularities are.
  2. And if this is not enough, the MOH also concealed the fact that the study only includes reports from one small HMO (Meuchedet) which represents, as mentioned, only about 15% of the Israeli population, and in this way, trying to make the findings look like these reports represent the entire population.

Full article below:

https://rtmag.co.il/english/breaking-the-israeli-ministry-of-health-has-been-warned-it-might-open-itself-to-lawsuits-for-encouraging-the-public-to-get-vaccinated-while-claiming-that-the-covid-19-vaccine-is-safe,-and-that-side-effects-are-mild-and-transient

Breaking: The Israeli Ministry of Health caught lying and manipulating an expert report on adverse events

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Here we will have to really think medical-legal. Why medical-legal? Because for quite a few adverse events we said: ‘OK, it exists, and there is a report, but still get vaccinated’. I mean, we have to think about how to write it and how to present it correctly. So this will not yield lawsuits later: ‘Wait, wait, wait, you said everything will pass and you can get vaccinated. And now look what happened to me. The phenomenon continues‘”.

The speaker is Prof. Mati Berkowitz, a pediatric specialist, head of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology unit at Shamir Medical Center, and head of the research team appointed by the Israeli Ministry of Health (IMOH) to examine the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. This crucial study was based on a new adverse event reporting system the MOH launched in December 2021 – 12 months AFTER rolling out the vaccines to the public, since the one instituted in December 2020, as they now officially admit, was dysfunctional and did not allow analysis of the data. In an internal Zoom meeting in early June, the recording of which was leaked to the press, Prof. Berkowitz warned MOH seniors that they should think carefully how to present his study’s findings to the public, since they completely contradict the MOH’s claims that serious side effects are rare, short term and transient. After analyzing the reports received over a period of 6 months, the research team found that many serious side effects were in fact long-term, including ones not listed by Pfizer, and establish causal relations with the vaccine. Yet, instead of publishing the findings transparently to the public, the MOH withheld them for nearly two months, and when it finally released an official report, it misrepresented and manipulated the findings, minimizing the extent of reports, and stating that no new adverse events (“signals”) were found, and that the events that were detected were not necessarily caused by the vaccine, even though the researchers themselves said the exact opposite…

As is well known, Israel has a very high vaccination rate and was crowned, by none other than Pfizer’s CEO Albert Burla, “the world’s laboratory”. Yet, as the MOH now admits, during this entire critical year in which the vast majority of Israelis were vaccinated, most of them with 2-3 doses, the vaccine adverse events reporting system was dysfunctional and did not enable a reliable analysis of the data. 

In fact, since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, many Israeli experts have expressed serious concerns regarding the ability of the IMOH to monitor the safety of the vaccine and provide reliable data to the world. For example, Prof. Retsef Levy from MIT, an expert in health systems and risk management, voiced serious criticism during Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting on September 17 which focused on the approval of the booster dose, stating that the system is not functional and that the safety of COVID-19 vaccines is not properly monitored properly. In response, Dr. Sharon Alroi-Preis, the Health Ministry’s head of public services and a top COVID adviser to the Israeli government, claimed that she is “surprised with Retsef Levi’s comment that Israel doesn’t follow adverse events”. Dr. Alroi-Preis stated: “It’s our data. I’m in charge of it. So I know exactly what is being reported to us”.

Only at the end of December 2021, a year after starting the vaccine rollout, did the MOH finally institute a proper system, to coincide with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in children aged 5-11. The new system is based on a non-anonymous digital reporting form, which the Ministry asked all public HMOs (Health Management Organizations) to distribute among all patients after they had been vaccinated, so that those who suffered side effects could report them. At the same time, the ministry appointed Prof. Mati Berkowitz and his staff members to analyze the reports. The analysis was done on reports received from the HMOs in Israel over a period of 6 months – from the beginning of December 2021 to the end of May 2022.

Serious side effects: not rare, not transient

In early June, the researchers presented their findings to MOH senior officials, including Dr. Emilia Anis, head of the MOH’s epidemiological department. Here are their main findings and points:

  • Long-term events – The research team repeatedly stressed during the discussion that their findings indicate that, contrary to what has been thought and claimed so far, in many cases, serious adverse events are long-lasting. As can be seen from the following slide, these include menstrual disorders and various neurological side effects. In fact, according to the researchers, most of the reports that referred to the duration state that they lasted for over three months, and a third stated that they lasted for over a year. Similarly, other systemic side effects, such as musculoskeletal injuries, GI problems, and kidney and urinary adverse events, are not short and transient. 

    An important example is menstrual irregularities – an adverse event about which mountains of reports have accumulated on social media and in surveys conducted since the launch of the vaccination rollout in December 2020. In one of the slides presented by the researchers in the recorded zoom discussion, they wrote: “Studies carried out on the above-mentioned subject noted short-term abnormalities (up to a few days) in the menstrual cycle. However, over 90% of the reports detailing the characteristics of the duration of this adverse event indicate long-term changes (emphasis in the original. Y.S). Over 60% indicate duration of over 3 months”. 

    As can be seen from the above slide, the findings reveal that various neurological side effects are likewise not transient but long-lasting. In fact, according to the researchers, most of the reports that referred to the duration state that they lasted for over three months, and a third stated that they lasted for over a year. Similarly, other systemic side effects, such as musculoskeletal injuries, GI problems, and kidney and urinary adverse events, are not short and transient.

    Professor Retsef Levi, who is also a member of the Israel Public Emergency Council for the COVID 19 Crisis, said in an interview with GB News that the example of long-term menstrual disorders detected in the study demonstrates the authorities’ response to the public’s reports. At first, the authorities denied any causal relationship between these disorders and the COVID-19 vaccines, despite countless reports that flooded the internet from the very beginning of the vaccine rollout. Then, when the reports still continued to come and became impossible to deny, the authorities, and experts on their behalf, changed their narrative and started to admit that there might be a relationship, but still claimed that even if there is, these are mild and transient changes, that only last a few days and have no future consequences for fertility.
  • Re-challenge – The researchers found many cases of re-challenge – recurrence or worsening of a side effect following repeated doses of the vaccine. For example, they explain that not only do menstrual irregularities continue in many cases for several months, but that in ~10% of the cases, the problem recurred following additional doses. Dr. Berkowitz stresses that a re-challenge increases the chances of causality “from possible to definite”. 
    “One of the things that are strong here is the re-challenge. We know about medications. There is the Naranjo scale [the Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) Probability Scale]. Naranjo, when there is an adverse event which recurs with the re-challenge, it turns from ‘possible’ to definite, to significant”.

Although the IMOH was aware of these findings, they withheld them for 2 months, not only from the public, but even from their own expert committee that decided on June 30 to approve the vaccine for infants as young as 6 months. That decision was made 3 weeks after the IMOH had been warned about these results and their implications.

The formal report was finally released, on August 20, in a closed press briefing, and surprisingly, the MOH admitted in it, black on white, that Israel did not have a functional adverse events reporting system until December 2021. The unbelievable explanation: “As the vaccination operation progressed, data was received from the anonymous online form, but without the ability to process and professionally validate the data”.

Yet, even after receiving such serious findings and warning, they manipulated the data and tried to hide crucial information to make the vaccine look safe.

  • “No new signal” – The MOH went so far as to claim there were no new adverse events found in the study that were not already known – no new signals. What about the neurological injuries, which the researchers said are not even mentioned in Pfizer’s label? What about the long duration, or the re-challenge? None of these findings is anywhere to be found in the official report.
  • Manipulating the numbers – the MOH tried to downplay the reporting rate in at least 3 ways:
  1. By taking the number of patient reports received and dividing them by the total number of doses given in Israel for the entire year and a half since the beginning of the vaccine rollout – ~18 million, hiding the fact that they only instituted the system in December 2021, and that the analysis was done on reports received during the 6 months until May 2022.
  1. In order to downplay the rate of reports on menstrual irregularities, the MOH used a denominator of the total number of all adult doses – ~16 million – thus including men in the equation of how common menstrual irregularities are.
  2. And if this is not enough, the MOH also concealed the fact that the study only includes reports from one small HMO (Meuchedet) which represents, as mentioned, only about 15% of the Israeli population, and in this way, trying to make the findings look like these reports represent the entire population.

Global implications

The discussion exposed in the leaked video has far-reaching and worrying implications, at a global level. While Israel is a relatively small country, it was dubbed “the world’s laboratory”. The eyes of much of the world were on it, and the FDA and other regulators have repeatedly cited its experience with the vaccine as a basis for policymaking, including on boosters and mandates and much else. So if Israel did not in fact have a functioning adverse event monitoring system in place and its data was a fiction, and if even when it did launch a proper monitoring system a year too late, the analysis of the findings they completely ignored and withheld – what was the FDA really relying on? What were all those regulators relying on?


The Ministry of Health did not respond to Real-Time Magazine’s requests for comment. Prof. Mati Berkowitz refused to comment and referred us to the IMOH. 

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