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Data: The Harris Poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans aren’t thrilled with the vaccine rollout so far, according to new Harris Poll data shared exclusively with Axios.

Why it matters: The Biden administration will take over right in the midst of one of the most complex and highest-stakes logistical efforts the country has ever seen — and getting it right will be both a political and public-health imperative.

By the numbers: A plurality of Republicans and Independents, and a majority of Democrats, say the rollout is moving too slowly.

  • Among those who feel it’s going too slowly, however, there’s a sharp partisan divide over who’s at fault: 60% of Democrats say President Trump is to blame, while a plurality of Republicans (36%) say state governments are the problem.

What’s next: The Harris Poll — like the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index — found an increasing number of Americans now say they’re likely to get vaccinated.

  • 68% said they’re likely to get a vaccine, which wouldn’t be enough to achieve herd immunity, but those numbers could continue to rise.
  • Among people who said they weren’t likely to get vaccinated, some of the most common reasons included fear of side effects (55%), concerns about the fast development process (45%) and believing it won’t work (36%).
  • As more people get the shots without incident, some of those fears may be allayed.

Methodology: The survey was conducted Jan. 8-10 among a representative sample of 1,951 American adults.

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Why it matters: The Health Ministry said in an email to Axios Friday there's "no evidence of community transmission" despite three people testing positive after leaving managed hotel isolation. That means Kiwis can continue to visit bars, restaurants and events as much of the world remains on lockdown.

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Germany announced Friday that it was imposing new travel restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

Details: All non-German residents traveling from countries deemed "areas of variant concern," including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Lesotho and Eswatini, will be banned from entering the country, even if they test negative for the coronavirus.

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A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.