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An Air Canada airplane lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Aug. 9. Photo: Yu Ruidong/China News Service via Getty Images

Air Canada said Wednesday the company would begin requiring all employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Oct. 30, or risk termination or unpaid leave.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as other airlines have instituted their own vaccine policies, with Delta Airlines imposing a monthly $200 surcharge on unvaccinated employees enrolled in the company's health care plan.

  • Under Air Canada's mandatory vaccine policy, testing will not be offered as an alternative. The airline has stated it will accommodate those who, for medical reasons, cannot receive the vaccine, per the release.
  • Proof of vaccination will also be a requirement for prospective employees.

What they're saying: "Air Canada remains committed to the continued development and application of new safety measures and processes as they become available that are effective and convenient for customers," the company's statement read.

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GE to mandate COVID vaccinations for U.S. workers

Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images

General Electric will require all of its workers in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, citing President Biden's executive order for federal contractors, the company confirmed to Axios on Tuesday.

Why it matters: General Electric is the latest in a slew of major companies to mandate the vaccine for workers, following in the footsteps of American Airlines, Tyson Foods and Microsoft, among others.

Oct 19, 2021 - Health

J&J expects $2.5 billion of vaccine sales this year

J&J's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Johnson & Johnson registered $502 million of global revenue from its COVID-19 vaccine in the third quarter, bringing year-to-date vaccine sales to $766 million.

The big picture: J&J, which is selling the vaccine at a not-for-profit price of $7.50 per dose, still expects to generate $2.5 billion of COVID vaccine sales this year, executives said Tuesday. But that total will still dwarf the use and sales of the vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

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Supreme Court declines to block Maine health care workers vaccine mandate

A Maine health care worker prepares vaccine dose. Photo: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an emergency appeal of a vaccine mandate for Maine health care workers.

The big picture: The mandate, which was announced in August by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, says that Maine health care workers need to be vaccinated by Oct. 29 or risk losing their jobs and not qualifying for unemployment benefits.