The company appears reluctant to mandate a vaccine outright and hopes that a potential paycheck cut will convince holdouts to get their shot.

(Bloomberg Opinion) –Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Wednesday that it would impose a $200 monthly surcharge on employees who aren't inoculated against Covid-19, pioneering an alternative to the vaccine mandates issued by other corporations as they seek to limit the spread of the highly contagious delta variant while reopening. Here, Max Nisen — who covers health care and the pharmaceutical industry for Bloomberg Opinion — answers questions about Delta's move. The conversation has been edited and condensed.

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