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The Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico. Photo: Micah Garen/Getty Images

Months after reporting dangerously high COVID-19 infection levels, the Navajo Nation now says it has vaccinated more than half of its adults for the disease, outpacing the rest of the U.S.

Why it matters: The Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the U.S., with over 300,000 members.

The big picture: Native Americans are among the most at-risk groups for contracting and dying from the coronavirus. But tribal nations have urged members to get vaccinated and helped nearby areas, despite severe technological barriers.

  • At least 75 Navajo communities were reporting "uncontrolled spread" in the first weeks of January, according to CNN.
  • The Navajo Nation recorded its highest infection rate in May 2020 — higher than New York City at the time.

What he's saying: "Over half the adult population on the Navajo Nation has been vaccinated, but to reach herd immunity we need more people to get vaccinated," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a news release.

  • By comparison, 36.5% of all U.S. adults have been vaccinated, per the CDC.

Go deeper: Native American tribes lead the way on coronavirus vaccinations

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Aug 3, 2021 - Health

Israel reinstates COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

Elderly residents wait to receive their third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a medical center in Tel Aviv on Aug. 2. Photo: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Israel announced Tuesday it will tighten public health measures due to surging in COVID-19 case numbers.

Driving the news: The latest restrictions come as Israel saw nearly 4,000 new daily cases reported on Tuesday, the highest count so far since the country began experiencing an uptick last month, the AP reports.

Aug 4, 2021 - Health

America's pandemic pessimism returns

Data: Harris Poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

A majority of Americans now, once again, say the worst of the pandemic is yet to come, per new Harris polling provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: We took a brief hiatus from worrying about the pandemic, but the Delta variant and the response to it appear to have sent us back to a dark place.

Greece's artistic swimming team to miss Olympics after COVID outbreak

Greece's Maria Alzigkouzi Kominea and Evangelia Papazogloun the Artistic Swimming Duet Free Routine Preliminary of the Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Aug. 2, 2021 in Japan. Photo" Clive Rose/Getty Images

Greece's entire 12-woman artistic swimming team is out of the Tokyo Olympic Games due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among the group.

Driving the news: Tokyo Games organizers confirmed Wednesday that five members of the Greek team had tested positive for the virus and that their teammates were considered close contacts.