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Black and Hispanic Americans are once again seeing higher coronavirus case rates than white Americans — as their vaccination rates continue to lag, per CDC data.

Why it matters: The virus will continue to infect and kill people who aren't protected from it. If fewer people of color are vaccinated, that means more are at risk of getting sick — which is exactly what's happening among some groups.

Yes, but: American Indians and Alaskan Natives saw the highest case rate among all races and ethnicities as of early May. But they've had the highest vaccination rate all year.

  • Asian Americans are experiencing lower case rates and roughly the same vaccination rates as white Americans.

By the numbers: As of May 1 — the most recent date for which the CDC has complete data — there were 50 weekly coronavirus cases per every 100,000 white Americans, 69 cases among every 100,000 Hispanic Americans, and 74 cases among every 100,000 Black Americans.

  • At that time, 28% of white Americans had received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to only 19% of Hispanic and Black Americans. The gap has remained over the last month.
  • The CDC only has race and ethnicity data for 61% of Americans who have received at least one shot.

Between the lines: "In some places, the virus continues to rage among those who haven't received a shot," the Washington Post recently reported, adjusting case rates to account for vaccinated people.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: America one year after George Floyd

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

A new Axios-Ipsos poll on race relations one year after George Floyd's murder shows in stunning detail how there's no such thing as "what white Americans think," with Republicans and Democrats seemingly living in two different worlds.

Why it matters: Such a vast gap between the left and right inside the majority U.S. racial group belies the notion of a compromise view, and it shows why Congress has been so slow to act.

May 24, 2021 - Health

State Department warns against travel to Japan

Security guards keep watch next to the Olympic Rings while people take part in a protest against the hosting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department issued a "Do Not Travel" warning for Japan, citing the surge in coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, with thousands of athletes from all over the globe set to arrive in the city.