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Data: The Harris Poll; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The vast majority of Americans who are already vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated say they're likely to get a coronavirus booster shot, according to The Harris Poll.

But, but, but: More than half of respondents also said the need for boosters has impacted their confidence in the vaccine they've already received — further evidence that the Delta variant has delayed our return to normal life.

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Data: The Harris Poll; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

What they found: People of color and younger Americans are particularly likely to say that the Biden administration's booster shot recommendation impacted their confidence in the vaccine they already received.

  • Half of vaccinated white respondents said their confidence had been impacted, compared with two-thirds of Black and Asian/Pacific Islander respondents and 60% of Hispanic respondents.
  • 68% of Gen Z respondents said their confidence had been impacted, a contrast with the 42% of Boomers who said the same.
  • A higher share of older generations also said they're likely to get a booster shot compared with younger ones.

Between the lines: Harris didn't ask unvaccinated adults whether the booster recommendation undermined their confidence in the vaccines, but there's been some concern that it could discourage vaccine holdouts from getting their shot.

  • That would be a problem. Experts are divided on how warranted booster shots are for most Americans, but everyone thinks that persuading more people to get the first round of vaccines should be a top priority.

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  2. Health: New cases down, but the West is at risk — Low vaccination rates exacerbate America's caregiving crisis — COVID is here to stay. So what does "victory" look like? — FDA will review Merck COVID-19 pill.
  3. Politics: NHL announces all but four players have been vaccinated — WHO names new advisory group on COVID origins — Biden admin warns Moderna to "step up" global vaccine supply.
  4. Education: LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations amid staffing shortage — Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child tests positive — Arizona can't use aid for anti-mask education grants, Treasury says.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Oct 14, 2021 - Sports

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he requires all employees to be vaccinated

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a podcast Wednesday that he requires all of his employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Driving the news: Cuban's comments come the same week Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday that prohibits COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any "entity," including employers.

Oct 14, 2021 - Health

FDA will review Merck COVID-19 pill

The Merck logo. Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it will meet on Nov. 30th to review Merck's experimental oral antiviral COVID-19 treatment

Why it matters: An oral antiviral drug designed to prevent or treat COVID-19 could be a key tool to combat the pandemic. Merck ended its vaccine development in January.