With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein looking on, a resident of the central city of Ramla on Thursday became the two-millionth Israeli to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19.
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have also already received the second dose, and are therefore fully inoculated and eligible for the so-called “green passport.” (See: Israelis Protest Against COVID Vaccine, So-Called “Green Passport”)
On Thursday evening, we hosted a fascinating Zoom chat with Professor Eitan Friedman, an Israeli and world leader in the field of Oncogenetics. Prof. Friedman explained why the vaccines are perfectly safe and should be taken, especially by older and at-risk populations. But he also noted that the hysteria created by politicians and the media have lead to measures and restrictions that did far more damage than the virus ever could.
Hundreds of our readers attended the meeting and got to ask Prof. Friedman their questions. For those who missed it, we will soon post the full recording of the session.
In the meantime, check out our earlier interview with Prof. Friedman here: The Politics of Our Pandemic Problems