The Morning Dispatch: Iran Deal Negotiations Begin—Again

Happy Tuesday! Tired: Releasing 50 million barrels of oil from your Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Wired: Releasing 50 million pounds of maple syrup from your Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Centers for Disease Control strengthened its booster shot messaging on Monday amid concerns about the Omicron variant, updating its guidance to say everyone ages 18 or older should—not just may—get a booster dose when they are eligible.

  • The White House issued guidance to unions on Monday declaring the approximately 3.5 percent of federal employees who have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or request an exemption will not be suspended or fired for flouting the Biden administration’s November 22 deadline until at least early 2022. Agencies, the White House said, will pursue “education and counseling efforts through this holiday season as the first step in an enforcement process.”

  • A federal court in Missouri granted a preliminary injunction on Monday blocking—in 10 states—the enforcement of the Biden administration’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule mandating health care workers at federally funded facilities be vaccinated against COVID-19, which was set to go into effect on January 4, 2022. The White House has not yet said whether it will appeal the ruling.

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