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May 19th, 2020

The massive social services operation was launched at the behest of the Israeli government, at a cost of more than NIS 100 million in funding; the contracts were signed prior to the start of the projects. Blavatnik Food Bank continues to distribute fresh produce, food staples, and cards to buy food to over 10,800 families, including 6,000 holocaust survivors, in connection with Keren Yedidut. The Blavatnik Food Bank is delivering crates of food to an additional 6,000 families facing food insecurity, in connection with local municipalities. [...]

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May 6th, 2020

Policy reactions to the COVID-19 emergency have differed from country to country and have also been evolving. The Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford has been tracking responses using a “policy stringency index.” The index is based on seven indicators of stringency: school closings, workplace closings, cancellation of public events, shutting down of public transport, public information campaigns, restrictions on internal movement, and controls on international travel — all given equal weight. [...]

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May 5th, 2020

2017 Blavatnik Awards Laureate in Life Sciences, Dr. Feng Zhang, has developed an experimental prototype for a quick and affordable test to diagnose the coronavirus based on the gene-editing technology, Crispr. Dr. Zhang was one of the pioneers of Crispr technology and was recognized as a Blavatnik Laureate for his role in developing the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system and pioneering its uses in mammalian cells, and for his development of revolutionary technologies in neuroscience. [...]

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