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COVID-19 Bulletin (10/05/21)

Merck's COVID-19 pill is cutting hospitalizations in half. American Airlines to require all U.S. employees to be vaccinated.
By Catherine Rosas |
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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reported 791 new cases and 11 deaths on Monday.

Early study shows the Merck pill cutting COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in half, The Dallas Morning News Reports. ​​If cleared, the drug would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, all current treatments require and IV. This drug also shows efficacy against variants including delta, gamma, and mu, although not yet peer-reviewed.

American Airlines requires all U.S. employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, under its qualification as a government contractor, WFAA reports. A regular testing alternative will not be offered. “While we are still working through the details of the federal requirements, it is clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines,” says memo signed by Chairman and CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom.

Nearly 550,000 Texans receive their booster shot, KERA reports. Find the Texas Department of State Health Services Vaccination Dashboard here.

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