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The White House announced Tuesday that it was reimposing its indoor mask requirement for staff, a White House aide confirmed to Axios.

The latest: Capitol physician Brian Monahan late Tuesday announced that the House would also require masks again "for meetings in an enclosed" space.

Why it matters: The move comes as the contagious Delta variant continues to drive up COVID-19 cases across the country.

The big picture: The reinstatement of the mask requirement comes just two months after the White House lifted its mask mandate for vaccinated staff in May.

  • The White House Correspondents Association also followed suit Tuesday, reimposing masking requirements for members in all indoor spaces of the White House.

State of play: Hours earlier, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announced that vaccinated people would need to resume masking if they live in areas of "substantial" or "high" transmission of the virus.

  • Last week, press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that there have been multiple breakthrough COVID-19 cases among White House staffers.

What they're saying: "For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space," Monahan said, per The Hill.

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  1. Vaccines: Key FDA committee takes on the big booster question — Los Angeles County to require vaccination proof at indoor bars — France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay.
  2. Health: Worsening crisis at Rikers Island jail spurs call for action — 1 in 500 Americans has died — Cases are falling, but deaths are rising.
  3. Politics: White House invites call with Nicki Minaj to discuss vaccine — Gottlieb says CDC hampered U.S. response — 26 states have limited state or local officials' public health powers.
  4. Education: Denver looks to students to close Latino vaccination gap — Federal judge temporarily blocks Iowa's ban on mask mandates in schools — Massachusetts activates National Guard to help with school transportation.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Sep 17, 2021 - Health

International Mission Board to require COVID vaccine for missionaries

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The International Mission Board, which deploys thousands of missionaries, announced that its plans to require COVID-19 vaccinations for those they're sending into the field.

Why it matters: COVID-19 refusal rates are among the highest among white evangelical Christians and the requirement by the International Mission Board may be the first U.S. missionary agency known to have such a mandate.

Sep 17, 2021 - Health

FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and older

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Key Biscayne Community Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.