TIGHTER LOCKDOWNWhile leading the world in COVID-19 immunizations per capita, vaccinating some 20 percent of its citizens, Israel began a tightened lockdown on January 8 following an alarming spike in the spread of the disease. The cabinet approved the move after the number of daily cases surpassed 8,000, with more than 800 people in serious condition and 3,500 deaths. All schools were shut, businesses were closed except for those providing essential services, and gatherings were restricted to five people inside and 10 outside. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged, however, that there would be sufficient vaccines to inoculate all Israelis over the age of 16 by the end of March. “We will be the first country to emerge from the coronavirus,” Netanyahu said.