Patience is wearing thin with the millions of people who refuse to get vaccinated against Covid-19, as hospitals everywhere buckle under the weight of admissions. There’s a growing campaign to isolate the anti-vax crowd as antisocial outliers. In France, which suffered Europe’s highest tally of new infections, President Emmanuel Macron appears to be gambling on a strategy he says is designed to “piss off” people who’ve not been vaccinated. Even Britain’s Boris Johnson has changed tack, tearing into what he called the “nonsense” that anti-vaxxers spout online. In Canada, Quebec residents will need a vaccine passport to buy marijuana or alcohol. But the highest-profile casualty, in what may have been a ploy to avoid inoculation, appears to be tennis star Novak Djokovic, who’s paying the price for trying to bypass Australia’s strict quarantine rules.
The U.S. jobs market rebounded strongly last year. In December alone, about 4.5 million workers quit their jobs in a display of confidence that they can find better work and more money elsewhere. But the hiring pool is shrinking as birth rates and migration slow.