NY Times:

As Biden Confronts Vaccine Hesitancy, Republicans Are a Explicit Problem

The administration is searching for assist in urging Republicans to get inoculated. However the president stated he was unsure how a lot worth there was in enlisting his predecessor.

Whereas there are levels of opposition to vaccination for the coronavirus amongst a variety of teams, together with African-Individuals and antivaccine activists, polling means that opinions on this case are breaking considerably alongside partisan strains.

A 3rd of Republicans stated in a CBS News poll that they might not be vaccinated — in contrast with 10 % of Democrats — and one other 20 % of Republicans stated they have been not sure. Different polls have discovered related traits.


Dan Diamond/WaPo:

‘We need to be educated, not indoctrinated,’ say Trump voters cautious of covid pictures

The responses of focus group members recommend they are often persuaded — however maybe not by politicians, together with the previous president

“These individuals characterize 30 million Individuals. And with out these individuals, you’re not getting herd immunity,” stated Frank Luntz, the longtime GOP pollster who convened Saturday’s focus group over Zoom. The group adopted what Luntz characterised as a exceptional arc: By the top of the two-hour-plus session, all 19 members (one dropped out early) stated they have been extra more likely to get vaccinated, and Luntz stated he had begun nationwide polling to see which messages resonated with a broader inhabitants.


Lev Facher/STATNews:

The White Home is about to unveil a wide-reaching, billion-dollar marketing campaign aimed toward convincing each American to get vaccinated

This tv, radio, and digital promoting blitz, set to kick off inside weeks, will deal with Individuals outright skeptical of vaccines’ security or effectiveness in addition to those that are probably extra prepared to hunt a Covid-19 immunization however don’t but know the place, when, or how. Particularly, the marketing campaign will goal three teams wherein entry, apathy, or outright skepticism could pose a barrier to vaccinations: younger individuals, individuals of coloration, and conservatives, based on a Biden aide. Congress and the administration have put aside over $1.5 billion for the hassle.

The hassle highlights a looming and underappreciated public well being problem: Although thousands and thousands of Individuals are presently clamoring to obtain a Covid-19 vaccine, in a number of quick months, and even weeks, the other could also be true. As a substitute of scrambling to fabricate doses, the federal government could quickly be scrambling to search out arms prepared to obtain them.


Audrey Clare Farley/TNR:

The Submit-Trump Crack-Up of the Evangelical Group

Its embrace of an ignominious president is forcing a long-overdue reckoning with the motion’s embrace of white supremacy and intolerant politics.

Final week, [Beth] Moore lastly broke ties with the Conference, alongside along with her longtime writer, Lifeway, telling Faith Information Service, “I’m nonetheless a Baptist, however I can not establish with Southern Baptists.… I don’t establish with among the issues in our heritage that haven’t remained previously.” Her announcement set Twitter and the Christian blogosphere ablaze. Some have accused her of going the way in which of “Satanic cannibals” and demanded her repentance. Others have flatteringly compared her to Meghan Markle. However the extra pressing debate surrounds the character and historical past of the establishment Moore has rejected, and the fault line that her stance has cracked open.


Dave Lawler/Axios:

What is going on on with the AstraZeneca vaccine

Use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was halted throughout a lot of Europe right this moment, together with in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Why it issues: The suspensions adopted experiences {that a} small variety of sufferers who obtained the vaccine skilled blood clots. However public well being businesses, together with the World Well being Group and the EU’s personal medical arm, say there’s no indication that the blood clots have been brought on by the vaccine, or that the dangers of giving the shot outweigh these of delaying it.

  • AstraZeneca says that out of the 17 million people who’ve obtained the vaccine within the EU and U.Ok., the quantity experiencing such signs is definitely decrease than can be anticipated within the common inhabitants.
  • Nonetheless, security boards from the WHO and the European Medicines Company (EMA) will convene on Tuesday to debate the state of affairs.


David Wallace-Wells/New York:

How the West Misplaced COVID

 How did so many wealthy international locations get it so unsuitable? How did others get it so proper?

Initially of March, South Korea was averaging greater than 550 new day by day confirmed instances, in contrast with simply 53 within the U.Ok. On the finish of the month, South Korea had 125; the U.Ok. was at 4,500 and climbing. “Within the UK we’ve got had 9 weeks to hear, be taught and put together,” Sridhar wrote angrily within the Guardian, berating the British regime for failing to ascertain primary programs for provides, testing, and make contact with tracing. “International locations akin to Senegal have been doing this in January,” she wrote. “We had a selection early on within the UK’s trajectory to go down the South Korean path,” however as an alternative the nation was susceptible to sleepwalking from small failures into big ones. “We should race to make up for the time misplaced throughout two months of passivity,” Sridhar concluded. In fact, the nation didn’t, and now its loss of life toll measures within the six figures. Sound acquainted?