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?