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Daily Briefing July 25 – Can stats & sanctions bring last unvaccinated to heel?

Health reporter Nathan Jeffay brings context to confusing COVID figures and senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur dives into PM Bennett’s spicy statements on anti–vaxxers

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 senior analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and health reporter Nathan Jeffay, along with host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced late last week that vaccine refusers are endangering the entire nation. How is this spicy language playing out for him in the populace? And who is this unvaccinated minority?

Jeffay gives context to a series of recent articles citing conflicting stats over the coronavirus vaccine. Also, what is the length of efficacy of the shots?

We take a look at two new bills being proposed by Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar that have been dubbed “anti-Bibi” legislation. One pushes for term limits and the other suggests that an indicted politician must not be tapped to be prime minister.

Finally, we hear highlights from the recent Times Will Tell weekly podcast, in which Borschel-Dan spoke with a high-risk pregnancy specialist about her own pregnancy at age 45.

Discussed articles include:

First Tokyo medal: Avishag Semberg wins taekwondo bronze, Israel’s 1st in field

Israeli COVID vaccine in pill form to start clinical trial in Tel Aviv

Israeli study claims major drop in vaccine protection; experts don’t believe it

Sa’ar says he’s preparing bill to ban indicted person from forming government

Shaked opposes bill to ban indicted politician from forming government

Podcast: Pregnancy at 45 explained by Israeli high-risk maternal-fetal expert

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