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Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Does not include probable deaths from New York City; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

49% of U.S. adults said in a recent Pew survey they would not get a coronavirus vaccine if one were available today.

Why it matters: All major political and demographic groups said they are less likely to get a vaccine now than they were in May, although Republicans and Black adults are the least likely.

  • Worries about side effects and uncertainty as to how effective a vaccine would be were commonly cited in the survey as reasons for wanting to avoid a vaccine if one were available.

By the numbers: More than 197,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. Over 2.5 million have recovered and over 91 million have been tested for the virus. The U.S. has reported more than 6.6 million positive cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

What's happening: Coronavirus infections ticked up slightly over the past week, thanks to scattered outbreaks in every region of the country. The U.S. saw an average of about 37,000 new cases per day over the past week.

  • New York City pushed back its scheduled start of in-person learning for middle and high school students to October, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday, CNBC reports.
  • A paper published Thursday in the medical journal Health Affairs estimates that at least 42% of America's school workers are at a high risk of developing severe cases of COVID-19, per the New York Times.
  • A forecast published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects there will be 207,000 to 218,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S. by Oct. 10, CNN reports.
  • Trump claimed at a press briefing this week that CDC director Robert Redfield was wrong when he testified to Congress that a coronavirus vaccine won't be available for widespread distribution until the second or third quarter of 2021.
  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday that "herd immunity has never been a strategy" for the Trump administration, after the president claimed Tuesday that the coronavirus would disappear when people develop "a herd mentality."

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Editor's note: The graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14. This article has been updated with new details throughout. Check back for the latest.

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51% of U.S. adults would "definitely or probably" get a coronavirus vaccine if the treatment were available today, while 49% would not, according to a Pew survey published Thursday.

Why it matters: All major political and demographic groups said they are less likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine since May, Pew finds, although Republicans and Black adults are least likely.

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Though health workers represent less than 3% of the population in many countries, they account for around 14% of the coronavirus cases reported to the World Health Organization, WHO announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The WHO called on governments and health care leaders to address threats facing the health and safety of these workers, adding that the pandemic has highlighted how protecting them is needed to ensure a functioning health care system.

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Millions of COVID-19 vulnerable adults tied to schools

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At least 42% of school employees are vulnerable to the coronavirus, and at least 63.2% of employees live with someone who is at increased risk, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Why it matters: We know children can catch and spread the virus. This study emphasizes why minimizing risk if and when schools reopen is crucial.