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Daily Briefing Nov. 15 – Israeli tech gets into Time, is skewered by comedians

Health writer Nathan Jeffay discusses kids’ COVID vaccines, antibiotics research, while business editor Ricky Ben-David looks at housing and Time’s citing of 4 Israeli technologies

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.

Health and science writer Nathan Jeffay and Startup Israel editor Ricky Ben-David join today’s podcast, hosted by Jessica Steinberg.

Jeffay opens the podcast with a look at the struggle to convince Israeli parents to vaccinate their children against the coronavirus, particularly in the Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities.

Ben-David then examines the government’s new housing plan, which aims to offer an increase in supply, but notes the many issues that will hinder the plan despite the best intentions.

Jeffay discusses the testing of an artificial intelligence tool to help hone the use of antibiotics, recently introduced by the Maccabi health organization with excellent results.

Finally, Ben-David talks about the four Israeli technologies that made it into Time magazine’s 100 Best Inventions for the year, as well as a recent skit on satire show “Eretz Nehederet” poking fun at the tech industry.

Discussed articles include:

Israel approves COVID shots for kids; experts predict uphill acceptance struggle

Government housing plan seen as just a ‘drop in the bucket’

35% fewer UTI patients given wrong medicine, thanks to Israeli AI tool

4 Israeli inventions feature in TIME magazine’s 100 Best Inventions for 2021

WeLaugh: Israeli satire show skewers excesses and fantasy in tech sector

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