Google and Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees
Internet giants Google and Facebook are making vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory for employees at their US locations. The companies announced this separately on Wednesday, international news agencies report. Netflix is also making vaccination mandatory, the company said.
The tech companies join a growing list of American companies that require their employees to be vaccinated against the corona virus, including investment bank Morgan Stanley, department store Saks Fifth Avenue and daily newspaper. The Washington Post.
At Alphabet, Google’s parent company, the obligation “will come into effect in the coming weeks,” CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement. The measure is also expected in other parts of the world “in the coming months”, he added – although the obligation will not be introduced in countries where vaccines are not easily available. Google makes exceptions to the vaccination requirement for “people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and for specific groups,” the company said.
Google postponed the date that employees will return to the office due to the advance of the Delta variant of the coronavirus from early September to mid-October. As of October 18, 80 percent of staff are expected to work in the office at least three days a week.
Facebook is keeping the option to work from home open for now if work permits, but aims to have most employees back to the office at least half of the time from this fall.
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In this blog keeps NRC the developments around the corona news of Thursday 29 July. This was the most important news of Wednesday 28 July:
The number of Corona patients in hospitals continues to rise. 629 people were treated in hospitals with Covid-19 on Wednesday, thirteen more than a day earlier and the highest number since mid-June. The number of new positive tests did fall, by five hundred to 3,513.
The caretaker cabinet collapses 40 million euros extra in the event guarantee fund, which is used to compensate festivals that have to be canceled due to the corona virus. It is expected that it will be clear next Monday whether one-day festivals can continue after August 13.
The vaccination readiness in the Netherlands, it increased by one percentage point to 90 percent between 13 and 19 July. This was evident from the figures published on the Corona dashboard on Wednesday. The number of people who want to be vaccinated against the corona virus has increased, especially in the group of young people between the ages of 16 and 24.
Nine regions in the Netherlands, for which the highest risk level gold are now one level lower. This is evident from the latest version of the corona card. This concerns the regions of Friesland, Twente, Flevoland, North and East Gelderland, Gelderland-Midden, Gelderland-South, Haaglanden, South-Holland South and Limburg-North. The risk in these areas is now ‘serious’, just like in Drenthe, which was already at that risk level.
- The efficacy of the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech decreases from 96 percent to 84 percent within six months of the second dose. This is apparent from a preliminary publication of a study into the effect of the vaccine on the medRxiv platform.
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