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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Even more "back-to-office" callbacks are being postponed amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Why it matters: It feels like March 13, 2020, all over again. When businesses sent all their workers home, it was an early big hint the pandemic was going to upend our lives.

  • Now all the botched return-to-work plans are telling us that the Delta variant could send us back into the thick of the pandemic.

What's new: Amazon's offices were set to reopen in September. Thanks to coronavirus concerns, Thursday the company moved that to January 2022. (For corporate employees, that is — warehouse workers basically never left.)

What to watch: The glare is turning to those that already forged ahead with reopening and now have to juggle the pandemic setback, i.e., some of the big banks whose CEOs have been adamant about returning to work.

  • Goldman Sachs is monitoring guidance from the CDC and local health authorities, along with its own workplace health experts, a spokesperson says.
  • Goldman employees are required to report whether they are vaccinated or not. If they are unvaccinated, they have to be tested weekly.

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Sep 15, 2021 - Science

Moderna suggests booster shots, citing clinical data

A box of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia. Photo: Algi Febri Sugita/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Moderna vaccine's efficacy declines a year after it's administered, compared to protection seen in recently inoculated individuals, the vaccine maker announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: Moderna made its case for supporting booster shots, citing clinical trial data that demonstrate breakthrough infections are less common among participants approximately eight months after receiving the first dose compared to approximately 13 months.

Sep 15, 2021 - Health

"We're back": Broadway's biggest shows return to fully vaccinated audiences

Lin-Manuel Miranda surprises the audience and welcomes them back to Broadway at the reopening of "Hamilton." Photo: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Some of Broadway's biggest shows returned Tuesday night, with theater icons Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Taymor and Lin-Manuel Miranda welcoming fully vaccinated and mask-wearing audiences.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic forced Broadway shows to close for 18 months — the longest shutdown in Broadway history, the New York Times reports.

Updated 13 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: Los Angeles County to require vaccination proof at indoor bars — France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay — Moderna suggests booster shots, citing clinical data.
  2. Health: 1 in 500 Americans has died — Cases are falling, but deaths are rising — Study: Gaps in data on Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders alarming amid COVID.
  3. Politics: Gottlieb says CDC hampered U.S. response — 26 states have limited state or local officials' public health powers — Axios-Ipsos poll: 60% of voters back Biden vaccine mandates.
  4. Education: Denver looks to students to close Latino vaccination gap — Federal judge temporarily blocks Iowa's ban on mask mandates in schools — Massachusetts activates National Guard to help with school transportation.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.