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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers were fined $300,000 and players Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard were each hit with $14,650 in penalties following an NFL review, the league announced Tuesday night.

Why it matters: The fines were issued for violations of the league and NFL Players Association COVID-19 protocols.

Of note: Neither quarterback Rodgers nor wide receiver Lazard have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and both have tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • The NFL announced the review Wednesday in the wake of Rodgers' positive test result. The Packers were "fully cooperative" in the investigation, according to an emailed statement from a league spokesperson.

The big picture: The NFL fined the players "for attending the Halloween party while unvaccinated according to the discipline schedule negotiated by the NFL & NFLPA," per the league statement.

  • "Protocols prohibit unvaccinated players from gathering outside of the club facility in a group of more than three players," the statement added.
  • "The party wasn’t sanctioned by the team but the league determined the club should have penalized both players," according to a tweet from NFL Media's Mike Garafolo.
  • The Packers were fined for failing to report the violations to the NFL and for not disciplining Rodgers and Lazard, according to the league spokesperson.

Zoom in: The NFL investigation found other instances where the club failed to strictly enforce the protocols — notably over Rodgers failing to wear a mask at press conferences.

  • "The league reviewed substantial video from club facility," the NFL spokesperson said.
  • "While the review showed a few isolated instances of Rodgers and Allen Lazard failing to wear a mask in facility, they were substantially compliant otherwise. There [were] no widespread or systemic mask-wearing violations."
  • Representatives for the Packers did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment over the action taken by the league, first reported by ESPN.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from the NFL.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state — Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine — Pfizer could have vaccine data for children under five by end of 2021, CEO says.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
  4. World: WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming — Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
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Pfizer could have vaccine data for children under five by end of 2021, CEO says

A health care worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine to a child at a Salvation Army vaccination clinic in Philadelphia on Nov. 12. Photo: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pfizer could have data on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy for children under five by the end of the year, CEO Albert Bourla said on Friday in an interview with NBC News.

Why it matters: Omicron has raised concerns that young children are becoming more vulnerable to the virus. Tshwane, the epicenter of South Africa's Omicron outbreak, has seen a high number of hospital admissions for children under two in the last few weeks, though scientists have not confirmed a link to the variant, Reuters reports.

Updated Dec 2, 2021 - Sports

MLB enters first work stoppage since '95 as deal expires

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (left) and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. Photo: Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59pm ET Wednesday without a new deal in place.

Why it matters: With no CBA, the MLB is in a management lockout — the first work stoppage since a 1994-95 strike led to the cancellation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.