Life After the Vaccine in Israel

Half the country has been inoculated, ushering in a kind of normalcy that is largely defined by the people it excludes.

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Just a few months ago, Israel was in dire shape when it came to the coronavirus. It had among the highest daily infection and death rates in the world.

Now, Israel has outpaced much of the world in vaccinating its population and hospitalizations have fallen dramatically.

For many in Israel, life is slowly returning to normal. Once fully vaccinated, citizens receive a “Green Pass” — a digital passport that allows them to attend places such as gyms, cultural events, wedding halls and concerts.

Today, how Israel is managing the return to normality and the legal and ethical questions that its decisions have raised.

On today’s episode

Isabel Kershner, a correspondent in Jerusalem for The New York Times.

Background reading

Israel’s “Green Pass” creates a two-tier system for the vaccinated and unvaccinated, raising legal, moral and ethical questions.

The pandemic lockdowns brought tensions between Israel’s secular and ultra-Orthodox communities to the boiling point. The political consequences could be felt for years.

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Isabel Kershner contributed reporting.

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