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Daily Briefing Dec. 20 – Weighing Israeli vax rate against Omicron wave

Health and science correspondent Nathan Jeffay discusses COVID as well as autism research, while ToI editor David Horovitz looks at Christians in Israel and ‘Hatikva’ in Abu Dhabi

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 guests are founding editor David Horovitz and health and science correspondent Nathan Jeffay, hosted by Jessica Steinberg.

Jeffay discusses his recent op-ed about the need to view the current threat of the Omicron threat more responsibly, and to recognize Israel’s still significant vaccination achievements.

Horovitz speaks about the recent call from Christian leaders in the Holy Land who have warned that their communities are under threat of being driven from the region by extremist Israeli groups.

Jeffay talks about research advances by Israeli scientists regarding autistic mice becoming more sociable when given cannabis products.

Horovitz closes up the podcast with a quick report about Israeli swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko, who won two golds in the World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi, where the Israeli anthem “Hatikva” was played.

Discussed articles include:

Vaccine grinches are wrong — Israel is still a paragon of immunization excellence

Jerusalem church leaders: ‘Radical’ Israeli groups driving Christians from Holy Land

Israeli study gives encouragement, and guidance, to cannabis-for-autism efforts

Israel’s Gorbenko wins astounding 2nd gold at World Swimming Championships

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