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The Notre Dame's spire collapsed as the fire spread from the roof to other parts of the building. Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images

More than €900 million ($1.1 billion) has been donated toward the fundraising effort to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire ravaged the building's roof and spire, Presidential cultural heritage envoy Stephane Bern told broadcaster BFM Paris Tuesday morning.

Why it matters: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wants the cathedral rebuilt in five years. People from around the world expressed their solidarity within minutes of the tragic fire unfolding, and companies and foundations have stepped up to help stabilize and rebuild one of Paris' most iconic structures.

Significant donations so far:

  • Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil giant Total: €100 million ($113 million)
  • LVMH Group and the family of CEO Bernard Arnault: €200 million ($226 million)
  • François-Henri Pinault, CEO of French luxury group Kering : €100 million ($113 million)
  • L’Oreal, the Bettencourt Meyers family and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation: €200 million ($226 million)
  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo: Asked the city for €50 million for the cathedral
  • French bank Agricole: €5 million ($5.6 million)
  • Consulting group Capgemini SE: €1 million ($1.13 million)
  • Investor Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere: €10 million ($11 million)
  • Construction tycoons Martin and Olivier Bouygues: €10 million ($11 million)
  • French Heritage Foundation: €1.6 million ($1.8 million)
  • Notre Dame University: €88,615 ($100,000)
  • Disney: €4.4 million ($5 million)
  • IBM: €1 million ($1.13 million)

What they're saying: The French prime minister said Wednesday that France will have an international architects’ competition aimed at "giving Notre Dame a spire adapted to techniques and challenges of our times," the AP reports.

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Topography Health landed $21.5 million in Series A funding from Bain Capital Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz, Axios has learned exclusively.

  • The New York and Los Angeles-based startup aims to carve a niche in the clinical trials landscape by engaging community physicians with a plug-and-play trials platform.

Why it matters: The clinical trials landscape is dominated by a few expensive and slow-moving studies run largely by elite, hard-to-access academic medical centers.

Starbucks drops worker vaccine mandate after SCOTUS ruling

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Starbucks announced in a memo to employees Tuesday that it has dropped plans to implement a vaccine mandate for all U.S. workers, AP reported on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The company's decision comes in response to the Supreme Court's ruling last week to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

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Omicron hits American hospitals disproportionately hard

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

America is seeing more COVID hospitalizations than other wealthy countries during the Omicron surge, according to Our World in Data.

Why it matters: Vaccines keep the vast majority of COVID cases out of the hospital, but vaccination rates are also lower in the U.S. than these other countries.