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Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets (left) going up against Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving will not be allowed to play or practice until he is "eligible to be a full participant" under local COVID-19 vaccine rules, Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement Tuesday.

Driving the news: New York City's COVID-19 vaccine mandate requires individuals to have proof of at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to enter indoor arenas or gyms.

  • When asked about his vaccine status last month, Irving told reporters, "Honestly, I like to keep that stuff private," per CBS.
  • He added that he would "handle it the right way with my team and go forward together with a plan."
  • It was previously unclear whether the Nets would allow Irving to play in road games, but Marks said Tuesday the team will not "permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability."

What they're saying: “Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant," Marks said in a statement.

  • "Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose," he added.
  • "It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice," Marks added.
  • Marks also added that the goal of winning a championship hasn't changed but that it requires "each member of our organization [pulling] in the same direction."

The big picture: Irving averaged 26.9 points per game last season, which was the ninth highest in the NBA, per ESPN.

Go deeper: Unvaccinated NBA players sidelined by vaccine mandates will lose pay

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The global coronavirus vaccine gap

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, particularly low-income countries. Pressure is increasing on the Biden administration to close the gap — and the Biden administration, in turn, is pushing Moderna to fill it.

Why it matters: Getting global vaccination rates as high as possible isn't just a humanitarian effort; it also reduces the risk of vaccine-resistant variants emerging.

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Gates Foundation to send $120 million of COVID antiviral pills to lower-income countries

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Wednesday it will funnel up to $120 million worth of molnupiravir, an experimental antiviral COVID-19 treatment from Merck, to lower-income countries.

Why it matters: The foundation and others see the antiviral pill's promising results against severe COVID-19 and easy distribution as a way to target countries with low vaccination rates.

24 hours ago - Health

Supreme Court declines to block Maine health care workers vaccine mandate

A Maine health care worker prepares vaccine dose. Photo: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an emergency appeal of a vaccine mandate for Maine health care workers.

The big picture: The mandate, which was announced in August by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, says that Maine health care workers need to be vaccinated by Oct. 29 or risk losing their jobs and not qualifying for unemployment benefits.