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Daily Briefing Jan. 17 – There’s science behind those booster shots

Health and science writer Nathan Jeffay offers commentary on vaccine boosters; political correspondent Tal Schneider discusses whether Benjamin Netanyahu will remain at Likud helm

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.

Political correspondent Tal Schneider and health and science writer Nathan Jeffay join host Jessica Steinberg.

Jeffay discusses why the World Health Organization is taking a closer look at COVID-19 booster shots and explains the role of the booster as Israel continues its campaign offering extra booster shots for those 60 and older or immunocompromised.

Schneider looks at the possible plea bargain for former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. If Netanyahu accepts the plea bargain offer, he will have to give up his control of the Likud party, making way for a new party leader.

Discussed articles include:

WHO spurns boosters. That’s not the blow it may seem to be for jab-friendly Israel

Likud struggles for unified response amid reports that Netanyahu seeks a plea deal

Campaign to cover Netanyahu’s legal costs raises over NIS 2 million

Repositioned news channel 14 aims for mainstream while keeping pro-Netanyahu script

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