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Washington Nationals VP Bob Boone. Photo: Alex Trautwig/MLB via Getty Images

The Washington Nationals and Vice President Bob Boone are parting ways over the team's vaccine mandate for all full-time staff, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Driving the news: The Nationals informed staff of the vaccine mandate on Aug. 14. Employees had until Aug. 26 to provide either proof of full vaccination or one dose of the vaccine or apply for an exemption, per WashPost.

  • Employees who have not gotten vaccinated are now on unpaid administrative leave and have until Sept. 15 to comply or "have their contracts terminated," the Post reported.

The big picture: Boone has been with the team since 2005 and is a senior adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo, ESPN notes.

  • The Nationals also told eight of its scouts Wednesday they will not be with the team next season. Two of the departures were a result of the new vaccine policy, The Athletic reported.
  • Other teams have also implemented vaccine mandates for non-playing staff, including the Houston Astros. The Baltimore Orioles told staff Monday that all full-time and part-time year-round employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31.

Editor's note: The headline has been updated to say the Washington Nationals and Vice President Bob Boone are parting ways. It is unclear if Boone resigned.

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Biden to get booster shot on camera

Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP via Getty Images

President Biden will receive his COVID booster shot on camera once it's fully approved for Americans ages 65 and older, the White House said Monday.

Why it matters: A federal advisory panel unanimously voted last week to recommend that the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) authorize a third dose of Pfizer's vaccine for people over the age of 65 and those at higher risk of infection.

24 hours ago - World

Biden to push vaccine-sharing at UN, but boosters at home

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

President Biden will convene world leaders on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to push them to do more to end the pandemic — though he's also facing criticism for prioritizing boosters at home.

Why it matters: There is still no functional plan in place to vaccinate the world, and past summits of this sort have flopped. The White House hopes that this virtual gathering will produce ambitious promises, accountability measures to track progress, and ultimately help achieve a 70% global vaccination rate this time next year.

23 hours ago - Health

U.S. COVID death toll surpasses 1918 flu fatalities

White flags are seen on the National Mall on Sept. 18, honoring Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

The recorded number COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has now surpassed the known number of fatalities from the 1918 flu pandemic.

The big picture: The U.S. has now marked more than 676,000 deaths from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the 1918 pandemic killed about about 675,000 people.