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Photo: Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a podcast Wednesday that he requires all of his employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Driving the news: Cuban's comments come the same week Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday that prohibits COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any "entity," including employers.

What he's saying: “If you work for me, I require my employees to be vaccinated, unless there's a doctor's reason where they can't be. Like you — I don't want my kids to be at risk," Cuban said on an episode of the podcast "10 Questions with Kyle Brandt."

  • “It is your choice, it is absolutely positively up to you," Cuban added. "But there's consequences that come with that."

The big picture: The NBA has no vaccine mandate, but localities across the country have ordinances that prevent unvaccinated athletes from participating in indoor activities.

  • Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said that his entire coaching staff is vaccinated and estimated players are in the "90th-percentile" of being vaccinated, The Dallas Morning News reports.
  • In September, the Mavericks updated their health and safety protocol that requires fans to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

The Dallas Mavericks open their season on Oct. 26 against the Houston Rockets.

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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.

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

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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.

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Virginia governor has had long COVID for more than a year

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still has long COVID-19 symptoms more than a year after his initial infection, he said in an interview with the Virginian-Pilot.

Why it matters: The Democratic governor is one of millions of Americans suffering from symptoms of long COVID, which could have serious implications for employers and social programs if enough people can no longer work because of it, per Axios' Caitlin Owens.