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Beneficiaries receive COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination drive on June 21, 2021 in Mumbai, India. Photo: Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India administered 8.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines Monday, setting a national record, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Monday's total comes amid a slow initial roll-out of coronavirus vaccines in India, delayed by vaccine shortages and disagreement between the states and central government, per the NYT.

  • Less than 20% of people have received at least one dose of the vaccine and less than 5% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Driving the news: Monday was also the first day of a new policy in India that offered free vaccines for all adults and gave the federal government a bigger role in procuring vaccines.

  • Vaccines manufactured by two companies — the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech — are driving the country's vaccination efforts. Both companies have said that they seek to deliver about 1.3 billion doses from August to the end of the year, per the NYT.
  • Monday's vaccination total was the most shots given in a single day in any country besides China.

Yes, but: Monday's vaccination record was likely temporary as the current supply of vaccines in the country suggests it is unlikely that the country could sustain the current pace.

The big picture: India experienced one of the most devastating outbreaks of COVID-19.

  • About 390,000 people have died of coronavirus in India, and experts say that is a significant undercount, per NYT.

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Sep 29, 2021 - Health

CDC issues urgent advisory calling on pregnant people to get COVID vaccine

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The CDC issued "an urgent health advisory" on Wednesday urging people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why it matters: The CDC said it "strongly recommends" vaccination because its benefits for a pregnant person and the fetus outweigh the risks. It added that pregnant people with COVID-19 are at "increased risk" of outcomes such as preterm birth, stillbirth and admission of a newborn into the ICU.

AT&T mandates COVID vaccination for most unionized workers

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AT&T expanded its COVID-19 vaccine mandate Wednesday to employees who are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union.

Why it matters: The communications giant is one of the biggest employers in the U.S. to require frontline workers to be vaccinated against the virus. The union said it represents some 90,000 AT&T workers, per AP.

YouTube cracks down on anti-vax misinformation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

YouTube is beefing up its misinformation policies to crack down on anti-vaccine misinformation beyond COVID-19 vaccinations, executives told Axios.

Why it matters: Under the new policy, YouTube will terminate the channels of what it calls prominent vaccine misinformation spreaders, including the channel of the Robert F. Kennedy Jr.-affiliated Children's Health Defense.