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Amazon plans to start vaccinating frontline employees in the next few weeks, starting with fulfillment centers in Missouri, Nevada and Kansas.

Why it matters: Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods employed more than 1.3 million frontline workers in the U.S. between March and September last year. About 1.4% of those employees, more than 19,800, tested or were presumed positive, as of October 2020. 

Details: Amazon said Thursday it “will expand the program across the country as more vaccines become available to front-line employees in other states.”

  • Workers who can't access an Amazon vaccination site will receive up to $80 in reimbursement for an off-site shot, as previously announced in February.

But don't forget, workers have criticized Amazon throughout the pandemic for inadequately protecting them against the coronavirus.

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Mar 25, 2021 - Health

Hospitals still in "survival mode," inspector general report finds

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images, and Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty Images

A year into the pandemic, hospitals say they're still in "survival mode," according to a new report from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general.

The big picture: Health care workers have had to deal with long hours, overwhelming patient volumes and supply shortages — all on top of a high risk of infection, and the isolation that we've all experienced.

Coronavirus cases rise in 19 states

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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New coronavirus infections rose over the past week in 19 states while holding steady nationwide.

The big picture: The U.S. is in a race to vaccinate as many Americans as possible before variants of COVID-19, fueled by quick reopening, can cause a new wave of rising caseloads.

Mar 25, 2021 - World

India pauses vaccine exports amid surge in cases

Waiting for vaccines in New Delhi. Photo: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty

Exports of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine from the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India, have been paused as India grapples with a new spike in cases, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: India hasn't exported any doses at all over the past week, according to foreign ministry data — a worrying sign for the COVAX initiative, which aims to send vaccines all over the world and is relying heavily on Indian-made vaccines.