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U.S. President Joe Biden departs the White House via the North Portico on May 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The White House will invite all employees back to work in July, signaling an end to pandemic protocols for remote work for President Biden’s core team.

Driving the news: In a memo sent to the White House Office and Office of the Vice President, employees are advised that they "will transition to full time on campus work during the window of July 6 to July 23," according to a copy obtained by Axios.

  • There will be exemptions: "Any staffer with an extenuating circumstance that makes working in person not possible may, in consultation with their manager, continue to work remotely until those circumstances change."

The big picture: The memo is the latest step in reopening the federal workplace, but it does not mean an end to work-from-home guidelines.

  • Each agency will be required to develop its own plan on a phased return of employees, according to an administration official.

Flashback: Last April, President Trump asked federal agencies to consider how they might bring back employees.

The other side: Congressional Republicans have pressed Biden to bring all federal employees back to in-person working.

  • “COVID-19 cases are plummeting across the country and it’s past time for the federal workforce to return to their places of work,” Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) wrote on May 18.

Go deeper

Jun 1, 2021 - World

World anxiously waits to see where Biden will send America's vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela

The U.S. is about to pivot from hoarding vaccines to sharing them globally, and countries around the world are trying to secure their places in line.

Why it matters: President Biden has promised to donate 80 million doses by the end of June. With domestic demand waning, he’ll soon be able to offer far more. But the White House hasn't said how it will distribute the initial 80 million, or when it will feel comfortable truly opening its supply to the world.

May 31, 2021 - Health

Mobile COVID vaccination units head to rural communities and small towns

Mobile Vaccination Unit in Pennsylvania. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Health officials across the United States are deploying mobile vaccination units in an effort to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to rural and other hard-to-reach communities.

Why it matters: As vaccination distribution slows nationwide, health officials are looking for ways to reach rural communities, homeless people and poorer Americans who can't take time off of work, lack child care or can't travel to vaccination sites, the New York Times reported.

May 31, 2021 - Health

America's summer of normalcy

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer — and post-pandemic life.

The big picture: Even the most cautious Americans are beginning to shake off a lot of the isolation of the past year and live that “new normal” we’ve been talking about for so long.