Coronavirus News Update – August 6: United Airlines to Require All Employees to Be Vaccinated

By Anna Breuer on 6 August 2021
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United Airlines on Friday became the first major U.S. carrier to mandate that all employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus.  The airline told its 67,000 employees that they must get inoculated by October 25.

“We have no greater responsibility to you and your colleagues than to ensure your safety when you’re at work and the facts are crystal clear: Everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated,” said the airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby.

The airline has no plans to require passengers be vaccinated, it said, adding that this would be a government decision.  American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have similarly ruled out vaccination requirements for passengers.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 201.9 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.3 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 181.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 100,199, a 119% change and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

In the United States, the death toll is now 631,899, an increase of 563 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 36.3 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31.9 million officially recorded cases and 426,908 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 4.36 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Friday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion and the equivalent of over 57 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Friday, 193.2 million people in the United States – or 58.2% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 49.9%, or 165.6 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 348.9 million. Breaking this down further, 70.4% of the population over the age of 18 – or 181.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 60.8% of the same group – or 157 million people – is fully vaccinated.

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