In another hopeful sign of cooperation, the Foreign Ministry held an extraordinary press conference for the Arab media, over Zoom, on Israel’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dozens of journalists and activists from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Sudan and Yemen participated. They were interested in whether Israel is close to developing a vaccine against COVID-19.
The briefing was delivered by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the IDF, who shared Israel’s ways of dealing with the crisis.
The participants showed great interest in the Israeli experience. They thanked the Foreign Ministry for organizing the briefing. Some asked about the effect of heat on infection. Others asked about Israeli efforts to develop vaccines and treatment. (See: “UPDATE: On the Way to a Cure for Coronavirus?”)
Arab journalists from across the Middle East chat with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Some of the questions addressed technical aspects of coping:
- Can herd immunity be an effective tool for dealing with Corona?
- Is the approach of opening special Corona wards in all hospitals the right approach?
Several participants described the virus as a common enemy, and felt that dealing with it unites the peoples of the region.
Hassan Kaabia, Deputy Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman for Arab Media:
“The Corona pandemic does not distinguish between people and knows no boundaries. In the Foreign Ministry we chose to share with the Arab world the Israeli experience in dealing with the crisis. We are happy to see the great interest that the briefing created, and the great and active participation that it received.”