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Daily Briefing August 1 – Israelis turn guinea pigs as 3rd COVID dose rolled out

Lazar Berman explains why Israel is up in arms after an alleged Iranian attack on an oil tanker; health reporter Nathan Jeffay lists pros and cons of Israel’s 3rd dose campaign

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Today’s panel comprises diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman and health reporter Nathan Jeffay, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

On Thursday, an alleged Iranian drone attack killed a Romanian and a British citizen on the Israeli-managed MT Mercer Street oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has called for an international response in talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and “joint activities against Iranian terrorism and the formulation of a substantive and effective international response,” according to a Lapid tweet.

Next, we hear about the pluses and minuses of Israel’s campaign to give those 60 and over a third dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Jeffay also talks about a new test that may help doctors predict how much a patient could deteriorate from the virus, very early on.

Berman updates us about the three-week saga of three Israeli filmmakers who were arrested in Nigeria while making a documentary about Igbo Jews.

Then, a humanitarian ripple effect in light of the Abraham Accords: a domino kidney donation between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

And finally, we speak baseball with super-fan Berman about the status of the sport in Israel.

Discussed articles include:

Israel in diplomatic campaign for a forceful world response to attack on ship

US said increasingly skeptical return to Iran nuclear deal is possible

Experts: Third vaccine dose for elderly might not help, but it won’t hurt either

Israeli test tells COVID patients their chance of deterioration, on 0-100 scale

Israeli filmmakers arrive home after 20 days in Nigerian prison

3 women receive kidneys in Israel-UAE organ exchange, 1st with Arab state

Israel’s Olympic baseball team beats Mexico, keeping medal hopes alive

MLB vets immerse themselves in Jewish heritage, build Israel’s baseball team

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