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Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As the contagious Delta variant continues to reach across the United States, more and more companies are delaying plans to reopen offices.

By the numbers: A recent survey of 1,000 HR professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management and Lucid found that half of U.S. organizations are worried about Delta. Some corporate players have started mandating vaccines for employees in an attempt to combat the variant.

Between the lines, via Axios' Erica Pandey: All the botched return-to-work plans are telling us that the Delta variant could send us back into the thick of the pandemic.

Worth noting: Scott Gottlieb, former head of the FDA, told CNBC that October, rather than September, would be a more "prudent" time to bring employees back to the office.

The companies

Facebook has told its employees they don't need to return to offices until January 2022 after initially planning to reopen at about 50% capacity by September. Workers returning to U.S. offices will need to be vaccinated and wear masks.

Target, which had planned to roll out a hybrid back-to-office model in September, has told headquarters workers they can work from home for the rest of the year. The company is gradually reopening offices, which any HQ staff member can access starting Sept. 20, according to a spokesperson.

Apple has delayed its planned September return to the office by at least a month, according to Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal.

Google is now aiming to have most of its workforce back to its offices beginning Oct. 18 instead of its previous target date of Sept. 1.

Amazon has pushed its reopening date from September to January 2022. (For corporate employees, that is — warehouse workers basically never left.)

Twitter closed its San Francisco and New York offices only two weeks after the company reopened. The company has paused future office reopenings at the moment.

Lyft has pushed its office return date to February 2022.

BlackRock will now reopen in October rather than September.

Wells Fargo has postponed its back-to-office return to October, one month later than planned.

U.S. Bank will wait until later this fall to bring employees back to the office, delaying its initial plan to return in person after Labor Day.

WME, a Los Angeles-based talent management agency, closed down its office for at least a week, just after reopening on July 12 for the first time in more than a year.

Asana, a software company that originally planned in-person returns in September, has told employees that offices in San Francisco and New York will reopen no earlier than February 2022.

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

Go deeper

20 hours ago - World

Biden to push vaccine-sharing at UN, but boosters at home

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

President Biden will convene world leaders on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to push them to do more to end the pandemic — though he's also facing criticism for prioritizing boosters at home.

Why it matters: There is still no functional plan in place to vaccinate the world, and past summits of this sort have flopped. The White House hopes that this virtual gathering will produce ambitious promises, accountability measures to track progress, and ultimately help achieve a 70% global vaccination rate this time next year.

Sep 20, 2021 - Health

Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter the U.S. beginning in November.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as President Biden seeks commitments from countries to donate vaccines to the global COVAX initiative. He is expected to host a COVID summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week, and many of the countries attending have expressed frustration with the travel ban.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: Biden to get booster shot on camera — Pfizer vaccine safe, effective in children, company says — The booster vaccine discussion is far from over.
  2. Health: Study: Pandemic cut U.S. life expectancy by more than 9 million years — U.S. death toll surpasses 1918 flu fatalities — Chicago has highest case rates in city worker neighborhoods.
  3. Politics: Biden to push vaccine-sharing at UN, but boosters at home — Rep. Tim Ryan tests positive — Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers.
  4. Education: D.C. schools to require teachers, staff to receive vaccine without testing option — More schools using "test-to-stay" strategy to minimize quarantines.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

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