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Feb 17, 2021

Do vaccine incentives actually work?

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Does it help if companies sweeten the deal for workers to get COVID vaccinations? Plus, news today that we went out and bought more things in January. Direct COVID payments were the catalyst. Also, New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses during the pandemic. And, how the winter storms sweeping the U.S. are affecting vaccine distribution.

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That's quite a jump in retail sales. COIVD direct payments are responsible.

The direct payments bolstered consumer confidence, said Susan Schmidt, head of U.S. equities at Aviva Investors. "And when are confident, they spend," she added. Meanwhile, the 10-year Treasury yield hit its highest mark in a year, which, Schmidt says, means the market is expecting some inflation and expecting the economy to steadily pick back up.

Winter storms interrupt COVID vaccine distribution

Feb 17, 2021
In Austin, as well as at distribution hubs in San Antonio and Dallas, vaccine operations have been paused again Wednesday.
Multiple 18-wheelers wait in traffic on I-35 southbound on Feb. 15, 2021, in Austin, Texas.
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Will offering employees vaccination incentives work?

Feb 17, 2021
Behavioral economists say there could be unintended consequences. And rewarding vaccinations remains legally murky.
Could incentives make employees more or less suspicious of COVID-19 vaccinations?
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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director