Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “LIVE: Trump Country Rejects Vaccines Despite Growing Delta Threat | Top News” – below is their description.
(July 7) President Joe Biden set a goal for 70% of American adults to get at least one Covid-19 shot by July 4, a symbolic nod to Independence Day. Despite ample vaccine supplies, he missed that target, largely because the government has struggled to give away shots in rural, deeply conservative regions that are bastions of support for his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Two Americas have emerged from the growing vaccination gap. In one, dominated by states that Biden won in the November election, most adults got their shots and daily life is rapidly returning to normal, with assurances from health officials that the worst is over. But in the other — overwhelmingly Trump country — fewer adults are vaccinated and health officials fear that the new, more transmissible delta variant, first observed in India, is driving a surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Unvaccinated America is made up of places like Springfield: rural and small-urban areas where residents harbor doubts about the vaccines and pandemic skepticism runs deep. The coronavirus was slow to arrive in Republican-dominated states in the South, Midwest and West, the same places that also tended to be the first to lift mask mandates and other public health measures.
A stark partisan divide over the virus has emerged: a Gallup poll last week found that 57% of Republicans say the pandemic is over, compared with 4% of Democrats. And while Trump has sought credit for the development of vaccines, he’s seldom promoted their use, even declining to get his own in front of cameras.
In interviews, Trump’s supporters say their own doubts have little to do with him. Instead, a raft of questions, myths and conspiracy theories have taken hold among many Missourians and other Americans hesitant to get vaccinated, an alternate belief system that the Biden administration has struggled to knock down.
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