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Tourists walk along the promenade near Ovo Castle, also known as Castel dell'Ovo, seaside fortification in Naples, Italy, on July 21. Photo: Alessio Paduano/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Italy will require people to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status or a recent negative coronavirus test to participate in select social activities, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Italy has seen a spike in infections driven by the Delta variant, reporting 5,057 new coronavirus infections Thursday, compared to the 4,259 the day before.

  • The country's latest requirement follows a similar move in France which newly demands visitors obtain COVID-19 passes to visit tourist venues.

Details: The Italian government is adopting the requirement of a "green certification," to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

  • Starting Aug. 6, people in Italy will have to show their health passes to sit at indoor bars and restaurants, go to museums, swimming pools, gyms, theme parks and more.
  • About 40 million people have already downloaded the pass, which was previously used to attend weddings or visit nursing homes, per NYT.

What they're saying: "The virus’s Delta variant is menacing," Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi said, per NYT. "We must act on the front of Covid-19."

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Oct 29, 2021 - Health

Supreme Court declines to block enforcement of Maine's vaccine mandate for health workers

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The Supreme Court on Friday declined to block enforcement of Maine's COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers while they wait for the court of appeals to rule on the merits of the case.

Why it matters: The 6-3 decision in the emergency appeal was not made on the merits of the case. But in previous rulings, the justices have upheld COVID vaccine requirements — though this is the first case that involves a mandate without religious exemptions.

Oct 30, 2021 - Health

Texas AG sues Biden administration over vaccine mandate for contractors

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on July 11. Photo: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration over its vaccine mandate for federal contractors, which requires vaccination against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

What they're saying: The executive order is "a dramatic infringement upon individual liberties, principles of federalism and separation of powers, and the rule of law," according to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday evening in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Oct 29, 2021 - Health

FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11

A health care worker administering a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine to a child in Bingham Farms, Michigan, in May 2021. Photo: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for children five to 11 years old.

Why it matters: All that remains to expand vaccine access to some of the youngest Americans is approval from the CDC.