American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue add staff vaccine mandates – Axios

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American Airlines, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have joined United Airlines in mandating that employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19, per the Wall Street Journal.
Why it matters: The Biden administration has been pressing businesses to require workers to be vaccinated against the virus as vaccination rates flatten across the U.S.
The big picture: American Airlines told staff on Friday that it would require all employees based in the U.S. and "certain international crew members" to be vaccinated, per a memo obtained by Reuters.
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The World Bank announced Thursday plans to give Nigeria $400 million to help fund COVID-19 vaccines for its citizens.
Why it matters: The World Bank stated that the additional funding, provided through the International Development Association, would help Nigeria vaccinate 51% of its citizens in two years.
The "Aladdin" Broadway musical displayed outside the New Amsterdam Theatre on Oct. 1 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
The Broadway hit “Aladdin” announced Friday it temporarily put Genie back in the lamp and canceled all future shows until Oct. 12 because of breakthrough COVID-19 cases among cast members.
Why it matters: The show had just reopened Tuesday after being dark for 18 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images
As the world nears two years after the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, there's still a lot more we don't know about SARS-CoV-2's origins than we do know.
Why it matters: Accurately determining the causes of COVID-19 will go a long way toward informing what can and should be done to prevent the next pandemic.

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