The number of states on Chicago’s travel advisory list has inflated to over 30, following the addition of California, New York and North Carolina, among others. The advisory asks unvaccinated travelers from so-called “orange list” states to obtain a negative Covid-19 test no later than 72 hours before arriving in Chicago or to undertake a 10-day quarantine.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has warned that the state board of education could withhold salaries from school principals who demand masks for students. Superintendents and school board members who ‘intentionally defy’ DeSantis executive order banning mask mandates could face financial penalties, governor’s spokesperson wrote on Twitter.

The German government has stated that it end free coronavirus testing for the unvaccinated this fall, hoping to push more residents to get the jab. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states agreed to implement the decision from Oct. 11 in a meeting to discuss pandemic regulations and the catastrophic July flooding.

Germany hopes to increase vaccination rate by ending free Covid-19 testing © Getty Images

Citigroup is the last bank in require staff from major US cities to come to the office for vaccination as he prepares to bring the employees back to the office next month. Bank staff in the tri-state area of ​​New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston and Philadelphia should have been vaccinated if they wanted to enter the office, Citi’s human resources manager said in a statement.

Three quarters of adults in the UK have now received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the government. Data released on Tuesday showed more than 86 million doses were given and more than 39 million people received two injections of one of the approved vaccines.

The NHS urges students to register for a career in the health service by taking one of the 900 university courses offered. A £ 15million package is expected to offer carpenters a crash course in training that aims to increase the number of nurses and other medical roles. The program comes 18 months after the onset of the worst global healthcare crisis in generations and aims to attract 5,000 additional healthcare support workers from among those leaving full-time education.

Portuguese health authorities have recommended to vaccinate children from 12 to 15 years old, starting shortly before or after they return to school from their summer vacation in mid-September. Portugal, like the UK and Sweden, had previously taken a more cautious approach, recommending that only children in this age cohort with chronic conditions be given the jabs.

Portugal now recommends its young adolescents to get vaccinated © AP

Moderna has has reached an agreement with Canada for the development of an mRNA facility. The U.S. pharmaceutical company will build an mRNA factory in Canada over the next few years, from which the country will have access to a range of Moderna’s mRNA vaccines, including Covid-19 booster and flu shots.

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