Biden introduces vaccine mandate for 100 million workers


Two-thirds of American workers will be required to get vaccinated against Covid-19 under fresh mandates announced by Joe Biden on Thursday.

The president took a stern approach to those who continued to refuse a jab as Delta cases surge, detto: “Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated even though the vaccine is safe, effective and free.”

The mandate, which will affect 100 million workers, will require all employers with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. Business that do not comply could face fines of up to nearly $14,000 per violation.

The Biden administration has sued Texas over its near-total ban on abortion, calling it “clearly unconstitutional”. Senate bill 8 outlaws abortion from about six weeks – a point at which most women are not aware they are pregnant.

California lawmakers have passed a bill that would disrupt many of the algorithmically determined systems that Amazon uses to monitor workers. The bill, which is yet to be signed by the governor, Gavin Newsom, would affect all warehouse jobs in the state.

What does the bill mean for warehouse workers?

By June 2022, 27bn Covid vaccine doses will have been produced – enough to fully immunise the world’s population twice over. Despite this, if the slow and unequal pace of distribution continues, more than half the world will remain unvaccinated by next summer. The former UK prime minister Gordon Brown calls on rich countries to distribute the doses equitably.

Il 9/11 attacks killed 2,977 people and injured thousands. Together with the planes, Erum Salam writes, the terrorists hijacked the religion of more than 1.8 billion people on that day. In the ensuing years, Muslim Americans have endured racism, government surveillance and violent hate crimes. Muslim Americans in the arts, politics, healthcare, education and the media speak about the “huge toll” that moment had on their lives.

Nel 1995, when Amber Dawn was 20, a stranger secretly lived in the crawl space of her attic for six months. She would come home to find cans of soda and ramen packets missing, and for a while assumed her brother, who had a key, was eating her food. Although the experience continued to haunt her for years, Dawn now jokes “he was the best roommate I ever had: he kept to himself and always put the toilet seat down”. Ancora, she’s thankful to now be living in a house without an attic.

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