Mandatory vaccination

The U.S. will support a proposal to suspend intellectual-property protections for Covid-19 vaccines, joining an effort to increase global supply and access to the shots as the gap between rich and poor nations widens. The waiver has been opposed by the pharmaceutical industry: Shares of vaccine makers Pfizer and BioNTech fell on the news. Moderna dropped as much as 9.7%, its biggest intraday decline in two months. The decision comes as the virus continues to ravage nations from Southeast Asia to South America, killing thousands daily. But in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are predicting a potentially large drop in cases come summer. Here is the latest on the pandemicDavid E. Rovella

Bloomberg is tracking the progress of coronavirus vaccines while mapping the pandemic globally and across America

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Moderna had some good news on Wednesday. Its Covid-19 booster shots gave positive results against dangerous variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil, according to early results from a mid-stage trial.

A U.S. judge struck down the CDC’s national moratorium on evictions, saying the federal government exceeded its authority

The Reddit crowd is on the hunt. After taking a beating during the GameStop insanity earlier this year, do-it-yourself investors have actually recovered about three-quarters of their losses. Now they’re looking for some new pigeons.

Don’t look now, but the Pentagon said it expects a tumbling Chinese rocket to fall out of orbit and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere on Saturday. Where will it land? Nobody knows.

A rocket carrying China’s Tianhe space station core module lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China’s Hainan province on April 29.

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The retreat from major cities has been the pandemic’s big real-estate story—but that doesn’t mean metropolitan house prices have suddenly gotten cheap. From New York to London to Sydney, ultra-low interest rates and vast government fiscal support have limited distressed sales. See how the coronavirus has upended rents and prices everywhere.

Peloton was one of the few success stories of an otherwise horrible 2020. Now 2021 is looking a little different for the company. It just recalled its treadmill products and will stop selling them after a child died and more than 70 safety incidents were reported, walking back an earlier position that the devices were safe if used properly. The shares fell 15%, the most in about six months.

A Peloton Interactive Inc. Tread exercise machine 

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Google is giving its employees more flexibility to work from different locations or entirely from home, taking a more lenient policy as the company prepares for a return to office life.

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Covid’s Mental Toll on Workers Colors Reopening

While masks, plexiglass and empty conference rooms will alter the cubescape, employers remain invested in getting things back to normal—or at least as normal as possible—when workers return. But that won’t be easy. Covid-19’s mental and emotional damage will be felt in the workplace long after the disease has receded.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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