Two Texas-based airlines — Southwest Airlines and American Airlines — said they will still require their workers to get vaccinated despite Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s new order banning vaccine mandates by any entity, including private businesses. The airlines will continue to abide by the proposed federal mandate on vaccines for private companies, which could be finalized soon. The order would apply to businesses with 100 or more employees and require workers to be vaccinated or get tested regularly.
In Wisconsin, two mothers whose children contracted COVID-19 have sued their local school districts for neglecting to implement safety measures including mask mandates. Both the parents’ children wore masks, but many other students, including actively sick ones, did not.
In New York, a federal judge ruled Tuesday health workers could be granted a religious exemption to the state’s vaccine mandate while a legal challenge plays out in court.
In economic news, the International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecast and warned of inflation due to the summer’s Delta coronavirus surge and disruptions to supply chains.