The COVID panic being spread by the fearmongers in the media and the Health Ministry seems exaggerated at the moment. The Indian delta variant is more contagious than the previous variants and has spread more quickly in other countries, and now apparently in Israel as well.
But the fear-mongering, that seems at least in part fed by a powerful longing for some television limelight, ignores two dramatic changes in the situation since the third wave of the coronavirus subsided in March. First, most of Israel’s population is vaccinated against the virus (some 60 percent with one dose of the Pfizer vaccine and more than 55 percent with two doses). And second, and even more important, almost all the at-risk population is fairly well protected (some 90 percent of people age 50 and above are vaccinated).