COVID-19 and the Workforce: February 5, 2021

TOP HEADLINES 

CDC Publishes Vaccination Posters, Templates for Employers with Essential Workers 
HR Dive – January 29, 2021 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a COVID-19 vaccination toolkit aimed at employers of essential workers designed to raise awareness about vaccination benefits and educate employees. 

Jobless Claims Better than Expected Last Week and Lowest in Two Months 
CNBC – February 4, 2021 
New jobless claims totaled 779,000 last week, the lowest since late November. That was below the Dow Jones estimate for 830,000 and a decline of 33,000 from the previous week. 

The Post-Pandemic Office Dilemma: Who Returns and Who Works from Home? 
Fast Company – January 28, 2021 
Companies will soon be faced with the difficult dilemma of if, when, and how they should return to in-office work. This article highlights three main components that will be impacted. 

What’s New from the CDC 
Keep up with all the latest information on COVID-19 directly from the resources created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

GLOBAL NEWS 

AUSTRALIA 
When Will You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? 
ABC News – February 4, 2021  
It’s a huge logistical challenge to vaccinate everybody in Australia who wants to be, so the government is grouping people based on things such as their job and how vulnerable they are to the disease. 

CANADA 
Trudeau Signs Deal to Make Novavax Covid-19 Vaccine in Canada 
Bloomberg – February 2, 2021  
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to manufacture Novavax Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine in Canada, making it the first coronavirus shot that will be produced in the country. 

INDIA 
Experts Weigh in on Why India Saw a Sudden Decline in COVID-19 Cases 
Business Insider – February 3, 2021 
India’s health ministry has attributed this breakneck success to a few factors, including a robust testing and contact tracing effort. But infectious disease experts say the nation’s quick turnaround is puzzling. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
Vaccines Could Blunt U.K. Epidemic in Weeks 
The New York Times – February 4, 2021 
Britain is on a pace to give the first shot of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine to its entire population by the end of June, if it can avoid supply and logistical issues that threaten to slow one of the world’s fastest rollouts. 

UNITED STATES 
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Down but Eclipse Spring and Summer Peaks 
The New York Times – February 5, 2021 
The worst of the current wave of coronavirus infections seems to be behind us, with the seven-day rolling average of new cases trending down in almost every part of the country. 

POLAND 
Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Poland Reaches 1,539,564 
The First News – February 5, 2021 
The number of Poland’s confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Thursday by 6,053 new cases and reached 1,539,564, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. So far, 1,294,687 people have recovered

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