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Photo: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Yelp on Thursday added two new features that allow businesses to show customers their coronavirus vaccine requirements.

Details: Users will be able to see whether proof of vaccination is required to visit participating businesses and/or if a business' staff is fully vaccinated.

  • Businesses will be able to activate the features via their Yelp for Business account.

The company said it will "proactively" monitor businesses' Yelp pages to help protect them from backlash after displaying their vaccine policies.

  • Yelp said that since January, they have placed more than 100 unusual activity alerts on pages in response to businesses gaining attention for their virus health and safety practices, including requiring vaccines.
  • They have removed approximately 4,500 reviews that have violated the company's content policies.

The big picture: As the Delta variant continues to spread, more corporations and local governments are putting policies in place in an effort to protect employees and customers.

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this week announced that vaccination proof will be required for people in the city to participate in indoor activities, including gyms and restaurants.

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Oct 16, 2021 - Health

Pope Francis calls on companies to release COVID vaccine patents

Pope Francis. Photo: Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Pope Francis called on pharmaceutical companies on Saturday to release patents to make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible to the poor, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: There is a stark divide between countries that have access to COVID-19 shots and those that don't, and the gap has widened as some wealthier countries have begun distributing third doses.

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.