Anti-Vaccine Activist Who Said 'There's No Epidemic' Dies of COVID

A prominent Israeli anti-vaccine activist has reportedly died of COVID-19.

Hai Shaulian, 57, died at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon on Monday morning, according to The Jerusalem Post.

His death came after he posted a final message to his Facebook followers on Saturday, informing them that his condition was "extremely critical."

Alongside a photo of himself on a ventilator, he wrote: "Dear friends. My situation is extremely critical."

Shaulian added that he was "in a very serious condition" and "unable to talk."

"I have no oxygen and can't stabilize," he continued. "It took me about an hour to figure out who I am. Where am I and what am I doing here. Lack of oxygen is a terrible thing."

He added that he believed he would recover "with God's help."

Despite his dire situation, Shaulian urged his followers to "keep fighting" against Israel's "Green Pass" scheme that registers who has been fully inoculated against COVID, if they have presumed immunity after contracting the disease, or tested negative in the previous 24 hours.

"It has nothing to do with the coronavirus," he wrote. "It has nothing to do with vaccines. It has to do with coercion."

When Shaulian fell ill last week, he claimed that police had tried to poison him after he was arrested during a protest against the Green Pass.

"I'm telling you, this is an attempt to wipe me out and if something happens to me know that's exactly what happened," he said in a social media video, according to The Times of Israel.

He previously called on his followers not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. "There is no epidemic—the vaccine is unnecessary and dangerous," he was quoted in The Post.

Israel's Green Pass was brought back over the summer along with other restrictions as the country's government sought to combat a fourth wave of coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Last month, Israel announced that anyone over 3 would have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before entering many outdoor spaces.

Israel implemented a rapid campaign to vaccinate its population in December last year. So far, 61 percent of the country's population is fully vaccinated.

The country has also embarked on a vaccine booster campaign, offering third jabs to anyone over 30 as of late August.