Guns for Vaccinations; IU Health Joins the Mandate Club; NFL Ends ‘Race-Norming’
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School scholarships, custom hunting rifles and shotguns, and over $2 million in cash are being used to entice vaccine holdouts in West Virginia. (NPR)
Indiana University Health will require its entire staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September. (Indy Star)
As of Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. reached 33,307,976 cases and 595,839 deaths, increases of 19,962 and 599, respectively, since this time a day ago.
Over 60% of the vaccine-eligible U.S. population (age 12 and up) have received a COVID shot, with 49% fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
That includes a dozen states that have now partially or fully vaccinated 70% of adults. (CNBC)
Amazon is testing its U.K. staff for COVID variants, including in areas where the so-called Indian or “Delta” variant is circulating. (Reuters)
Abbott said it expects to take a financial hit due to the plummeting demand in COVID testing.
In a South African trial of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID shot, thromboembolic events were seen in five health workers with known risk factors, but there were no cases of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia. (New England Journal of Medicine)
AstraZeneca is in talks with the U.S. government to produce its vaccine at a new facility. (New York Times)
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