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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

While the U.S. is inching toward expanding COVID-19 vaccines to kids younger than 11, many parents may not be eager to take advantage of them, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

By the numbers: 44% of parents with kids between ages 5 and 11 said they are likely or somewhat likely to get their children vaccinated, compared with 42% who said they're unlikely to.

  • 57% of parents with kids ages 12 to 17 said their kids were already vaccinated or likely to get the shot, while 40% said they were not likely to get the shot for their child.

Driving the news: Pfizer and BioNTech submitted initial data to the FDA on Tuesday, and said a formal submission for an emergency use authorization should be expected in the coming weeks.

  • "This is a new formulation of the vaccine. It has way less RNA inside. It is one-third of the dose of what the adults are receiving right now," Bourla said. "But despite that, we have the exact same efficacy, and the exact same immunization, and the exact same safety profile."
  • The company said it was also studying the effect of the vaccine on children younger than 5, who received an even smaller dose than children 5 to 11.

What we're watching: It's still early and the parent sentiment could change as vaccines for younger kids become a reality.

Methodology: This Axios/Ipsos Poll was conducted Sept. 24–27 by Ipsos' KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,105 general population adults age 18 or older.

  • The margin of sampling error is ±3.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults.

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Arkansas sees record-breaking COVID numbers

Source: Northwest Arkansas Council; Chart: Alex Golden/Axios

Arkansas saw its highest-ever number of new, single-day COVID-19 cases Tuesday with 6,562 cases, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during a news conference.

Why it matters: Hospitalizations, while not nearly as high as other times during the pandemic, are rapidly increasing in the state. Meanwhile, long lines and wait times for tests are making it more difficult to identify cases early.

Pelosi announces bid for re-election ahead of 2022 midterms

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her bid for re-election Tuesday, amid a deluge of other safe-seat Democrats announcing their retirements.

Why it matters: Pelosi’s announcement follows months of speculation — despite her denials — that she was preparing to leave Congress.

Scoop: Qatar emir to visit White House on Monday

The emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, leaves the White House after meeting President Trump in 2019. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

The emir of Qatar will meet with President Biden at the White House on Monday to discuss Afghanistan as well as contingency plans to provide natural gas to Europe in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Europe's reliance on Russia for 40% of its natural gas is undermining Biden's attempts to coordinate "massive" sanctions to be imposed from both sides of the Atlantic if Russia invades. The White House wants Qatar to help ensure European countries can enforce tough sanctions without risking an energy crisis.

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