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For a few blessed weeks there, it was believed that the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States was nearing its end. The number of cases plummeted, restaurants reopened, and life seemed almost normal.
No longer; the rapidly expanding delta variant has reached the American coasts. The number of cases is still low compared to the winter high, but infections are rising again in many areas.
And although 57% of adults are now fully vaccinated, which offers them strong protection from the variant, states where vaccinations are delayed may have an especially harsh summer ahead of them. “You are facing the next outbreak,” warned Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently.
We will become two Americas, vaccinated and unvaccinated.
States at the top of the vaccination ranking – Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine – are approaching herd immunity, with at least 70% of adult residents fully vaccinated. (California is about a third of the top away at 61%.)
At the lower end of the range, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Wyoming, Louisiana, and Tennessee are all below 45%. That is a huge gap.
Did you notice anything about this list? It’s not just a regional difference; it’s a red and blue chasm. States that voted for Joe Biden last year are at the top; States that were strong for Donald Trump are at the bottom.