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PODCAST: Daily Briefing, Feb. 10 — Good COVID news: Vaccine study, ‘wonder’ drug

Tune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what’s important today

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.

To start today’s episode off, Rettig Gur describes a virtual town hall put on by Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid last night in English. “Nobody campaigns like Yesh Atid campaigns,” he says.

Jeffay has some cautious good COVID news to share: A new study claims that vaccinated people become far less of a COVID transmission risk even before receiving their second dose. He also discusses reports of a new “wonder drug” that fights the cytokine storm, which has caught the world’s attention as well as that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel is speaking about opening up the country for those who are vaccinated started February 23. How is exactly would that work out?

Discussed articles include:

Vaccine reduces spread risk even before 2nd shot, Israeli study indicates

New Israeli drug cured 29 of 30 moderate/serious COVID cases in days — hospital

Feeling better ‘in 2 hours’: COVID drug for critically ill starts Phase 3 trials

Israeli inventor of promising COVID drug hopes it can help vaccineless countries

Web search data, help from Israel, mean England can catch COVID spikes early

Gyms, malls, hotels could be reopened to the vaccinated on February 23

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