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Daily Briefing Sept. 30 – Israel’s COVID policy: Where does the buck stop?

Editor David Horovitz and health correspondent Nathan Jeffay discuss the implementation of new COVID restrictions and the role of medical professionals in shaping government policy

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.

ToI editor David Horovitz and health and science correspondent Nathan Jeffay join host Raoul Wootliff on today’s podcast.

We start with a look at the return to school after the Jewish festivals and the new regulations being implemented for teachers and students.

Next week, the Green Pass allowing Israelis into certain public spaces will be revamped to require the third vaccine shot. What does that mean for the million eligible Israelis who haven’t received the booster yet?

And, we assess the recent friction between government ministers and Health Ministry officials over the possible tightening of coronavirus restrictions and the role of medical professionals in shaping government policy. Why, we ask, did Prime Minister Naftali Bennett criticize his health officials during his trip to the UN in New York?

Discussed articles include:

As Israeli kids go back to school (again), will COVID cause chaos?

Students return to schools after holidays, with new COVID measures at forefront

Israelis who haven’t gotten booster to lose quarantine exemption — TV

Over 1 million Israelis who haven’t had 3rd dose to lose Green Pass on Sunday

Bennett jabs at experts over COVID approach: ‘They don’t see the full picture’

Bennett says he ‘respects’ health officials, yet opposes nationwide restrictions

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