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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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John Frank, author of Denver
May 14, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado ends most COVID-19 limits, lifts mask order

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis adjusts his face mask. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Colorado will no longer require face masks in most settings — even for unvaccinated people — and expects to lift all public health guidelines at the end of the month.

Driving the news: The state's move goes beyond the latest CDC guidelines that allow vaccinated people to go maskless because it also applies to those who are not immunized.

All congressional Democrats say they've been vaccinated

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Every Democratic member of Congress said they have received a coronavirus vaccine, while House Republicans are lagging behind in getting vaccinated, according to CNN.

Why it matters: After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks during certain indoor and outdoor activities on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said face masks would still be required in the House until all members and floor staff are vaccinated.