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Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian said in a CNN interview that all new hires will be required to be vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: The decision makes Delta the first major U.S. airline to require vaccines. The company said that more than 60% of its employees are vaccinated and it wants "to help maintain this trajectory."

  • Yes, but: Delta added it will not implement a mandate requiring current workers to be inoculated.

What they're saying: "Any person joining Delta in the future, we are going to mandate to be vaccinated before they can sign up with the company," Bastian told CNN on Thursday.

  • "You probably will not be able to fly an international flight if you are not vaccinated because it's going to be mandated by local authorities in order to get in the country that you're vaccinated," he added.

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Aug 22, 2021 - Health

Education secretary says schools with mask mandate bans can access federal funds

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that school districts in states with mask mandate bans can still access federal funds for their school reopenings.

Why it matters: A number of states have banned face mask requirements in schools even as the highly contagious Delta variant drives up COVID-19 cases across the country.

Updated Aug 23, 2021 - Health

Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson "responding positively" to COVID treatment

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jacqueline Jackson at a 2018 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation event in Washington, D.C. Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline Jackson, were "responding positively" to treatment Sunday — one day after being hospitalized with COVID-19, their son said.

Details: Physicians at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago were "carefully monitoring" the 79-year-old civil rights leader and Jacqueline Jackson "especially because of their ages," said Jonathan Jackson in a statement Sunday.

Updated Aug 23, 2021 - Health

PM extends New Zealand lockdown, says elimination goal "absolutely" right

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacts during a COVID-19 response update at Parliament on Saturday in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Robert Kitchin/Pool/Getty Images

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that New Zealand's pandemic elimination strategy was working, as she announced an extension to the nationwide lockdown due to a growing COVID-19 Delta outbreak.

Why it matters: NZ locked down last Tuesday after detecting the first community case in nearly six months — marking the arrival of the Delta variant in the island nation. The cluster has grown to 107 cases, with 35 more people testing positive for the virus Monday.