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Omicron Variant and Vaccine Effectiveness in Israel

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With the Omicron variant on the scene, the effectiveness of the vaccine is being questioned. A recent Israeli study, conducted by Prof. Gili Regev-Yochay of Sheba Medical Center, found that people who received the vaccine more than 6 months ago or did not receive the third booster shot are at greater risk than those who…

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Researchers Create Zero Waste Optical Lenses 

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Despite a 300-year optical industry standard, two Israeli researchers have uncovered an innovative and comparably cheap, way to make optical lenses. While the traditional method typically requires a large slab of material, which is then ground down and shaped, resulting in about 80% waste, a new method allows for zero waste.  Enter Prof. Moran Bercovici…

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Israeli Minister Updates Abortion Reforms from 1977

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Despite the concerning threats to Roe v. Wade in the United States Supreme Court, Israel’s Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz is offering a sliver of solace for women’s reproductive health rights. Horowitz has decided to update the “chauvinistic” and “ridiculously outdated” abortion rules in Israel. The law currently requires any woman seeking an abortion to apply…

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Over 300% Spike in Domestic Violence Calls for Budget Allocation

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According to an annual WIZO report, there was a 315% increase in domestic violence in 2020. Distress calls made to the 118 hotline went from 2286 calls in 2019 to 5866 calls in 2020, which is a 157% increase. More than half were tagged under spousal violence, which increased from 688 calls in 2019 to…

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Israel Set to Launch Vaccine Campaign for Children 

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As the country comes down from a fourth coronavirus wave, Israeli officials plan to unleash the next vaccination campaign for 5 to 11 years olds. Parents will be expected to vaccinate their children, which has already seen major backlash and protests from those who are more cautious and less trusting of the institutions concerned.  For…

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