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The Philly Four: Philly Fighting COVID leader banned from doing business in Pa.

Sam Britt
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Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.

City Council challenges PGW head to disavow fossil fuels bill

  • Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym is attempting to persuade the head of Philadelphia Gas Works Seth Shapiro to disavow a bill that would prevent the city from putting a limit on the use of fossil fuels. This occurred during a council hearing where it was recommended that PGW consider the use of geothermal energy instead of fossil fuels.

Restaurants' uneven pandemic experience

  • Despite predictions of catastrophic pandemic-related damages, the amount of Philadelphia restaurants was able to remain relatively steady over the past two years thanks to the rise of online and mobile establishments and relief funding. However, some restaurants that were dependent on feeding local workers struggled as many employees were forced to work from home.

New startup wants to revamp the vax card

  • A startup founded by Philadelphia entrepreneurs is attempting to improve upon the flimsy design of the COVID-19 vaccination cards. The cards handed out when a person receives their first dose of the vaccine are made of flimsy paper and sized to not fit in an average wallet. However, The Shot Card is creating a vaccine card that is laminated and the size of a normal credit card.

Philly Fighting COVID leader banned from doing business in state

  • Andrei Doroshin, the head of the vaccine rollout group Philly Fighting COVID, reached an agreement with the state to destroy all personal data collected, dissolve the company and receive a 10-year ban from conducting business in Pennsylvania. Under Doroshin's leadership, Philly Fighting COVID became for-profit without telling the city which gave the group the ability to sell personal information collected during the pre-registration process. Doroshin also admitted to giving the vaccine to his friends.

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