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Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Goldman Sachs is mandating its U.S. employees to report whether or not they've received a COVID-19 vaccine by noon Thursday, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The federal government has said it is legal for companies to require workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Yet vaccine "passports" are a point of controversy, with several Republican-led states forbidding some private businesses from using them.

The big picture: Up until now, Goldman Sachs had allowed vaccination status disclosure to be optional. Vaccinated employees have been allowed to go maskless in the office since May, per the Times.

  • Now, although they aren't required to show their actual vaccine cards, employees must log the date and brand of their COVID-19 vaccine jabs into an internal company system.
  • The bank has been offering employees paid time off to get vaccinated since March and is planning a full return to office in the U.S. and U.K. by the end of June, according to CNBC.

What they're saying: "Registering your vaccination status allows us to plan for a safer return to the office for all of our people as we continue to abide by local public health measures," said a company memo obtained by the Times.

  • “As a result, it is mandatory that you submit your vaccination status on the Canopy app, whether or not you are vaccinated," the memo added, per CNBC.

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Jun 9, 2021 - Health

Fauci sounds alarm over COVID-19 variant surging in U.K.

Anthony Fauci urged Americans Wednesday to get vaccinated to halt the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant first discovered in India, which currently accounts for 6% of infections in the U.S.

Why it matters: The United Kingdom has seen an explosion in new cases as a result of the variant, which is now the dominant strain and may be associated with increased disease severity.

The global vaccine supply is finally opening up

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The global vaccine supply is finally opening up for countries that desperately need the ammo in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Driving the news: The Biden administration will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to share with countries around the world, with the option to buy an additional 200 million.

Updated 15 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Emergency room visits of all kinds dropped amid the pandemic — NY smart-thermometer network could predict next COVID wave.
  2. Vaccines: FDA clears 10 million J&J vaccine doses from contaminated Baltimore plant — Moderna asks FDA to expand COVID-19 vaccine authorization to adolescents.
  3. Cities: Seattle becomes first major city to get 70% fully vaccinated — Schools nationwide prepare for packed kindergartens this fall.
  4. Work: Goldman Sachs requires U.S. employees to report vaccination status.
  5. Politics: U.S. to buy 500 million Pfizer doses to share with the world — State Department eases travel advisories for dozens of countries.
  6. World: Moscow orders new restrictions amid surge in COVID-19 cases — 12 Venezuela players, staff contract COVID-19 before Copa America opener — 2021 already has a higher global coronavirus death toll than 2020.
  7. 🎧 Podcast: Back to normal without herd immunity.
  8. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.