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We get that Republican elected officials and party hacks feel compelled to trash talk members of the Biden administration — just like their Democratic counterparts felt compelled to trash talk members of the Trump administration. But given that South Carolina has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, it was appalling to see Republicans criticize Vice President Kamala Harris for coming to Greenville Monday to launch a national campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccinations.

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The Olympics risk becoming an incubator for "a Tokyo variant," as 15,000 foreign athletes and tens of thousands officials, sponsors and journalists from about 200 countries descend on — and potentially mix with — a largely unvaccinated Japanese population, said Dr. Naoto Ueyama, a physician, head of the Japan Doctors Union.

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A month after every adult in the U.S. became eligible for the vaccine, a distinct geographic pattern has emerged: The highest vaccination rates are concentrated in the Northeast, while the lowest ones are mostly in the South.

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Fewer Americans are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine than just a few months ago, but questions about side effects and how the shots were tested still hold some back, according to a new poll that highlights the challenges at a pivotal moment in the U.S. vaccination campaign.

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With more than 15 million Americans a year visiting Europe before the crisis, the prospect of U.S. travelers once more flocking to such attractions as the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice or Germany's Brandenburg Gate is welcome news for the continent's hard-hit tourism industry.