COVID-19 and the Workforce: February 19, 2021

TOP HEADLINES 

The COVID-19 Vaccine and Employers: Frequently Asked Questions 
Willis Towers Watson – February 2, 2021 
Here’s what employers need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Jobless Claims Show Unexpected Move Higher 
CNBC – February 18, 2021 
First-time filings for unemployment insurance jumped last week in a sign of continuing strife for the labor market. 

Poll: 56% of U.S. Workers Say They’ll Get a COVID-19 Vaccine 
HR Dive – February 16, 2021 
Fifty-six percent of employed adults said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if available to them, according to the Feb. 3 results of a Morning Consult survey

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 
Everything You Need to Know About Australia’s COVID Vaccine Roll-Out 
Yahoo News – February 16, 2021  
The highly-awaited vaccines have been taken to a secure location while the batches are being assessed for damage and quality ahead of the first phase of the roll-out. 

CANADA 
14.5M Canadians to be Immunized by June, Updated Vaccination Timeline Shows 
CTV News – February 18, 2021  
The federal government has released an updated COVID-19 vaccination timeline, showing that at least 14.5 million Canadians will be able to be immunized by the end of June with the approved Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna shots. 

INDIA 
India Could Become Second-Largest COVID-19 Vaccine Producer 
Yahoo Finance – February 15, 2021 
India could become the world’s second-largest COVID-19 vaccine maker after the U.S., with the ability to produce for both its own population and other developing countries. 

UNITED KINGDOM 
UK Approves Study That Will Infect Healthy Volunteers for COVID Trials 
The New York Times – February 4, 2021 
Researchers hope to learn things about how the immune system responds to the coronavirus that would be impossible outside a lab. 

UNITED STATES 
States to Receive Biggest Boost Yet in Vaccine Doses, White House Tells Governors 
USA Today – February 16, 2021 
States will receive their biggest boost yet in coronavirus vaccine doses this week, a 23% increase over the previous week and a 57% increase since President Joe Biden took office, administration officials told governors Tuesday. 

POLAND 
Coronavirus Pandemic Back on Upward Trend in Poland 
Reuters – February 16, 2021 
The COVID-19 pandemic is on the rise again in Poland, the health minister said on Tuesday, a worrying turnaround after case numbers stabilized following a second wave of infections last autumn. 

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