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Andrew Wiggins finishing a layup. Photo: Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA announced that unvaccinated players who do not comply with local vaccine mandates will not be paid for the games they miss, ESPN reports.

Why it matters: San Francisco and New York where the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are based — have vaccine mandates in place that require players to be vaccinated before playing in their home arena. Players on those teams who are not vaccinated could miss up to 41 home games next season.

  • The NBA had previously proposed a vaccine mandate, but the National Basketball Players Association rejected the proposal, according to ESPN.

Details: The NBA's executive vice president of communications Mike Bass announced Wednesday the league's pay policy regarding vaccine mandates, per ESPN.

  • Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins was denied a vaccine exemption last week and called his vaccination status "private" in a press conference this week, according to ESPN.
  • "It's my problem," Wiggins said when asked about the possibility of losing earnings. "Not yours."
  • NBA star Kyrie Irving, who has not publicly stated whether he's vaccinated, was not at the Brooklyn Nets media day on Monday as a result of New York's order, per ESPN.

Driving the news: In New York, the order that went into effect this month mandates that home team athletes must have at least one shot.

  • San Francisco's policy, which goes into effect next month, requires proof of full vaccination for anyone attending or participating in large indoor events.
  • The New York Knicks announced Friday that the entire organization was vaccinated.

Of note: Visiting players are exempt from local mandates, per ESPN.

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Judge orders police union boss not to comment on Chicago's vaccine mandate

Chicago police officers arrive at the Fraternal Order of Police building on Oct. 13. Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

A judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order against the Chicago police union president, barring him from making statements discouraging members from reporting their COVID-19 vaccine status to the city, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The big picture: The order came just hours before the deadline for Chicago city employees to report their vaccination status, but city officials said it would take days for them to determine who got shots and who did not, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

The new cold war panic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The world has seen a power struggle between nuclear powers before, and has seen those countries inch closer to military conflict. But it's never before seen a cold war between two countries as interconnected — with each other and with the rest of the globe — as the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Escalating antagonism between the world's two superpowers is likely to hinder global cooperation to fight climate change, divert resources to costly arms and tech races, complicate diplomacy for U.S. allies, and victimize Chinese and American citizens living in each other's countries.

Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.