Here's a roundup of recent news about the pandemic and immunization efforts:
Five areas with low vaccination rates could put the entire U.S. at risk of spreading new coronavirus variants, according to new research. The areas are "scattered across eight states and concentrated in the southeastern part of the country, touching Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas," The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. Read more here.
Republican governors are asking residents to overcome their vaccine hesitancy as the delta variant becomes more prevalent. Read more here.