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South African luxury mall navigates the return to in-person shopping

Nov 26, 2021
Some stores in the complex didn't survive pandemic closures, but other tenants expanded or relocated.
Shoppers walk by the Nelson Mandela statue at Sandton City in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010. When the pandemic began, all nonessential stores at the luxury shopping center were forced to close.
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Biden pressed to support intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

Nov 26, 2021
Advocates say a waiver is "a moral imperative" to help make vaccines readily available worldwide.
In a letter, more than 15 countries called an emergency intellectual property waiver for COVID vaccines “a moral imperative."
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Zoom is part of the business model for some pandemic-era entrepreneurs

Nov 23, 2021
Zoom's earnings beat expectations, though some businesses are trying to move away from the platform. Others rely on it.
Some online cocktail companies have thrived on Zoom during the pandemic. Above, a woman enjoys a virtual happy hour in April 2020.
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Mexican border town residents resilient despite pandemic isolation

Nov 23, 2021
When the border closed between Big Bend National Park and Boquillas in 2020, it separated residents from their main source of income.
Pre-pandemic, thousands of tourists crossed through the Boquillas port of entry each year. The port connecting Boquillas to Big Bend National Park in Texas closed in March 2020 but reopened on Nov. 17.
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His life as a Chicago musician is starting to feel normal again

Nov 18, 2021
After more than a year and a half of working online, Seth Shulman is teaching lessons in person and back to a more regular show schedule.
People listen to music at a September festival in Brooklyn, New York.
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How employer vaccine mandates are playing out in one tribal economy

Nov 12, 2021
During the pandemic, many tribal governments’ strict public health orders have clashed with the more relaxed approach of nearby communities.
A woman shows her arm after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, with the words "For the ♡ of Native People" drawn on. While Indigenous Americans are vaccinated at high rates, that's often not the case for communities surrounding reservations.
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Uncertainty for businesses in legal tangle over federal vaccination rule

Nov 11, 2021
Some businesses are preparing to meet the rule that companies with 100 or more employees require vaccinations or weekly tests, despite the court challenge.
Even as legal battles continue regarding the federal vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees, businesses may need to make choices now. Above, a nurse prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Wilmington California.
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Stress and burnout stoke churn in health care workforce

Nov 10, 2021
The U.S. has nearly 400,000 fewer workers in nursing and residential-care facilities than it did before the pandemic.
Nurses Klivia Brahja, left, and Kelley Cabrera work in the emergency room at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Many veteran nurses, Cabrera said, have retired or "they’ve gone to something easier, because this is just unmanageable.”
Courtesy Klivia Brahja

How can the U.S. government better distribute funding to tribal governments?

Nov 4, 2021
A Harvard policy paper out this week on the government's pandemic relief effort calls on the Treasury Department to create a dedicated tribal affairs office.
The U.S. Treasury was widely criticized for how it distributed COVID relief funds to tribal governments.
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Airbnb takes a more conciliatory approach to communities

Nov 4, 2021
Where once the company fought regulations, now its pre-empting them with its own policies designed to curb bad behavior by renters.
Airbnb announced an extension of its ban on house parties this week.
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