'Israel Is Unprepared,' ex-COVID Czar Warns Amid Rising Delta Infections

Israel's former Health Ministry director Moshe Bar Siman Tov talks about the politicization of pandemic decision-making, the challenges of the fourth wave of COVID-19, and admits: 'The green passport will not stop the pandemic'

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Former Health Ministry director general Moshe Bar Siman Tov. 'The assumption behind the green pass was that vaccination prevents infection and contagion.'
Former Health Ministry director general Moshe Bar Siman Tov. 'The assumption behind the green pass was that vaccination prevents infection and contagion.'Credit: Eyal Toueg

Moshe Bar Siman Tov, are there days when you regret leaving such an influential position in the government?

Definitely not. Just the thought of it makes me uncomfortable. I participated in the state budget ritual for so many years on both sides, both in the Finance Ministry and at the Health Ministry.