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Argentina's Lionel Messi (left) and Brazil's Neymar join in as health agency officials enter the soccer pitch during a South American World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sunday. Photo: Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil and Argentina's soccer World Cup qualifier was postponed minutes after it began when Brazilian health officials intervened and raised concerns COVID-19 protocols had been broken Sunday.

Driving the news: South American soccer's governing body, CONMEBOL, confirmed the match at Sao Paulo's Neo Quimica Arena was suspended, after the health officials ran onto the pitch. The players walked off the field with the game at 0-0.

  • Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) said Argentina's English Premier League players Giovani Lo Celso, Emiliano Martine, Emiliano Buendia and Cristian Romero submitted "false information" when they entered the country, per AFP.
  • People arriving from abroad who had spent the previous 14 days in the United Kingdom are required to quarantine in Brazil.

What they're saying: Argentina Football Association officials said they had followed protocols set by FIFA, the sport's world governing body.

  • "Football should not experience these kinds of episodes that undermine the sportsmanship of such an important competition," the AFA said in a statement.
  • Argentina's captain Lionel Messi said on the Argentine TyC network: "We've been here for three days, why are you doing this just now?"

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Oct 22, 2021 - Health

CDC director: U.S. may change definition of "fully vaccinated" as boosters roll out

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday the U.S. "may need to update" its definition for what it means to have full vaccination against COVID.

The big picture: The CDC and the FDA have officially approved boosters with every authorized vaccine in the U.S. for people who meet specific requirements. Walensky explained that since not everyone is eligible for a booster, the definition has not been changed "yet."

Oct 22, 2021 - Health

Illinois mandates daycare workers to receive COVID vaccine or weekly testing

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a round table discussion with high school students in October 2018. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) announced Friday that all daycare workers in the state will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or or submit to weekly testing.

Driving the news: Pritzker said he was issuing the requirement to protect "babies, toddlers, and young children not yet eligible for the vaccine."

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In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.