Russian State Employees Describe Pressure to Join Vaccine Trials | World News

By Polina Ivanova, Rinat Sagdiev, Gleb Stolyarov and Kate Kelland

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In late September, Moscow municipal official Sergei Martyanov sent a series of text messages to his subordinates: “Colleagues!!!… What is this sabotage???”

Martyanov was expressing dismay at his staff’s apparent reluctance to volunteer for the human trials of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, named after the Soviet-era satellite that triggered the space race. The official in the Moscow department of city property said many quota spots for his staff to join the trial remained unfilled.

He said he had heard some workers were signing up to receive flu vaccines, making them ineligible for the coronavirus trial.

“Who are you trying to trick???” Martyanov said in the texts. “The coronavirus vaccine is the absolute priority!!!”

Anyone who had received the flu jab, he said, must still sign up for the COVID trial, allowing a month’s delay. He urged

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Kentucky restaurant donated $60K for employees amid indoor dining ban, says industry unfairly targeted

A family-owned Kentucky restaurant donated $60,000 to its employees one-day before the governor issued an executive order mandating the shutdown of all indoor dining to curb coronavirus.

Restaurants in Kentucky had to cease indoor dining as of 5 p.m. Friday and remain closed to on-site diners until Dec. 13, according to Gov. Andy Beshear’s order. He said the move, along with other restrictions, was necessary to clamp down on a surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. 

The governor said in a statement that restrictions did not constitute a “shutdown,” but were “surgical and targeted steps designed to slow the spread of the virus and protect our people.” 

But Britney Miller, the CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, which runs seven steakhouses in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, said the governor’s order came without warning and with no unemployment plan in place.

The day before the ban, two of Ruby’s steakhouses

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Equinox salaries revealed: Here’s how much its employees make

  • Equinox — a subsidiary of The Related Companies, which also owns SoulCycle, Pure Yoga, and Blink Fitness — currently operates more than 100 luxury clubs in the US, Canada, and the UK.
  • Despite the pandemic’s blow to the fitness industry, Equinox has added new revenue streams like its Variis by Equinox mobile app and an e-commerce site of exercise and wellness products called The Shop. 
  • Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s 2020 disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers at Equinox to see the salaries for various roles within the company.
  • Here’s how much Equinox pays employees working as engineers, data scientists, analysts, and more.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Equinox is evolving from a luxury gym chain to a full-fledged lifestyle company. 

The fitness brand — a subsidiary of The Related Companies, which also owns SoulCycle, Pure Yoga, and Blink Fitness —

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Quid Secures $320M in Second Fund to Continue Liquidity and Option Exercise Loans for Private Company Employees

Quid Secures $320M in Second Fund to Continue Liquidity and Option Exercise Loans for Private Company Employees

Quid’s Second Fund is Backed by Oaktree and Davidson Kempner and a Leading Ivy League Endowment

Quid Capital Group (“Quid”) announced it has raised $320M in a second fund to offer liquidity benefits to shareholders at high-growth private technology companies. Quid partners directly with businesses and shareholders to provide streamlined access to personal capital, using only the shareholder’s equity as collateral. Quid’s second fund is backed by Oaktree Capital Management (“Oaktree”), Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP (“Davidson Kempner”), and a leading Northeast based Ivy League endowment, as well as a strategic group of investors which include board members at leading late-stage technology companies.

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Quid Managing Partners: Josh Berman (left), Anthony Tucker (right), Samit Varma (not present in photo) (Photo: Business Wire)


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5 US agencies tell employees they can get shots in 8 weeks

Five federal agencies have started telling employees they could receive Pfizer or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine in as little as eight weeks as the U.S. prepares to distribute the potentially life-saving doses across the country, according to a person with first-hand knowledge of the plan.

Essential federal workers would be among the first group of Americans to get inoculated against the coronavirus after the nation’s health-care workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s vaccination program “interim playbook.” The plan lists essential workers, along with the elderly and other highly vulnerable groups, in the first phase of its vaccine distribution plan, which hasn’t been finalized yet and could change.

Diplomats at the State Department who are 70 and older or otherwise in a vulnerable population group might qualify for early vaccination, said the person, who asked not to be named because neither companies’ vaccines have been authorized and the distribution plans

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