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Source: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

Workers are heading back to the office after over a year of the COVID-19 pandemic-induced rise of work from home, BLS data shows.

Why it matters: Remote work started as a temporary plan when the pandemic hit in March 2020, though new data shows that workers are heading back to the office

  • The share of people who worked at home or teleworked fell to 11.6% last month, the lowest point since the start of the pandemic. 
  • Context: 35% of the employed workforce went remote due to the pandemic in May 2020.

The working group with the largest share of workers still at home: those over the age of 25 with an advanced degree at 25.6%.

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More than 90% of federal workers got COVID shot before deadline

A health care worker preparing a dose of coronavirus vaccine in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Nov. 17. Photo: Nick Oxford/Bloomberg via Getty Images

More than 90% of the 3.5 million federal workers received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by Monday, the deadline set by President Biden in September, a senior administration official told Axios.

Why it matters: The official said the administration hopes that private businesses can use the federal government's worker vaccine mandate as an example to implement their own requirements for workers.

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The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

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COVID-19 Omicron variant cases identified in Europe, U.K.

People wearing masks walk in London on Nov. 25. Photo: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Health officials in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany announced on Saturday that they've detected the first known cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The discoveries come as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.