This live coverage has ended. For the latest coronavirus news, click here.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Wednesday that all city workers would be subject to a coronavirus vaccine mandate.

The city is taking a carrot and stick approach to its deadline for municipal employees, requiring them to show proof of at least one vaccine dose by Oct. 29, and will give them an extra $500 for getting their first shot by the deadline. Unvaccinated employees will be placed on unpaid leave until they show a supervisor proof of vaccination, de Blasio’s office said in a statement.

The move comes on the same day the Food and Drug Administration authorized the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots. The action, arriving as the U.S. death toll from the pandemic exceeds 728,000 and tens of millions of Americans have yet to get their first shot against the virus, largely fulfills the Biden administration’s controversial pledge this summer that booster shots would be widely available.

Here’s what to know

  • White House officials said they have secured enough doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the country’s 28 million children in the 5-to-11 age group.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has greenlighted a proposal to require workers to take a week off, keeping them out of their jobs, after the country set grim records for coronavirus cases and deaths for three weeks in a row.
  • Israel said it has identified its first confirmed case of a mutated delta variant. Known as AY.4.2, the variant has also been sequenced in Britain and the United States.