Military Mandates COVID Vax; Canada Reopens to U.S.; 8 ICU Beds in Arkansas

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Pentagon officials announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all members of the military by no later than mid-September. (Axios)

Canada reopened its borders to U.S. citizens, as long as they are both fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19 within 3 days of traveling. (AP)

Arkansas had its largest single-day increase in hospitalizations on Monday, leaving just eight ICU beds available across the state, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked hospitals to postpone elective procedures due to an increase in admissions for COVID-19. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases continue to surge in South Carolina, prompting Prisma Health, the state’s largest medical system, to limit hospital visitors. (The State)

As of Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. EDT, the unofficial COVID-19 toll was 35,950,252 cases and 617,424 deaths, up 185,019 and 595, respectively, from yesterday.

In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) issued an order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for state employees and healthcare workers. (Seattle Times)

And Gilead joined Pfizer in requiring the vaccine for company employees. (Endpoints News)

More colleges and universities across the country are requiring COVID-19 vaccines, but students are finding a way to cheat the system: fake vaccine cards. (AP)

Some employers may start deducting $20 to $50 a month from workers’ paychecks if they’re not vaccinated against COVID-19. (Forbes)

Following the rise of the Delta variant, large corporations — including McDonald’s and Home Depot — and small businesses alike have reimposed mask mandates. (CBS News)

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced that the state will withhold salaries from district superintendents and county school board members who mandate masks in schools. (USA Today)

Anti-vaccine demonstrators in the U.K. tried to storm what they thought was BBC News‘ headquarters, protesting vaccine passports, immunizations for children, and media bias. (Deadline)

Rick Bright, PhD, the former BARDA chief who was demoted after raising concerns about the Trump administration’s pandemic preparedness, settled a whistle-blower complaint against the federal government, his lawyer said. (New York Times)

Health officials in Guinea confirmed the country’s first death from the Marburg virus, an Ebola-like pathogen. (Reuters)

The CDC confirmed a fatal case of the rare bacterial infection melioidosis in Georgia, which has been linked to three cases in other states, another of which was fatal.

Local health departments in California have detected this year’s first cases of West Nile virus in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. (Los Angeles Times)

Personal letters from people affected by the opioid crisis have been allowed in the bankruptcy proceedings against Purdue Pharma, offering a rare look into the horrors of opioid addiction. (NPR)

  • Amanda D’Ambrosio is a reporter on MedPage Today’s enterprise & investigative team. She covers obstetrics-gynecology and other clinical news, and writes features about the U.S. healthcare system. Follow

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