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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

One of the most important messages vaccine-reluctant Americans could hear is that their doctors trust the COVID vaccine, so they should too.

The big picture: Vaccine takeup among doctors and skilled nurses is high — and they’re among the messengers Americans trust most.

By the numbers: Nearly nine in 10 physicians and nurses with graduate degrees report either already being vaccinated or planning to get a vaccine.

  • Large majorities of other health care professionals who diagnose and treat patients say they are already vaccinated or plan to be.

Why it matters: Throughout the pandemic, majorities of American adults have said their doctors and nurses were their most trusted sources of information about the coronavirus.

  • Eight in 10 have said their doctors are the ones they will turn to when deciding whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The bottom line: Because they are such trusted messengers, doctors and nurses are in a special position to put their voices where their arms have already been:

  • They can get the word out that they have been vaccinated and encourage their communities to get vaccinated, too.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Omicron is finally burning out — It's very difficult to get access to antiviral COVID treatments — Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbersAnother wave of death — FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly antibody treatments.
  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: Navy discharges 45 sailors for refusing vaccine — Spotify to remove Neil Young's music after his Joe Rogan ultimatum — New York Supreme Court grants stay for indoor mask mandate.
  4. World: U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated — Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games.
  5. Variant tracker
Apr 4, 2021 - Health

Pope Francis urges vaccine distribution to poor countries in Easter message

Pope Francis delivers his traditional Easter message in Vatican City, Vatican on April 4. Photo: Vatican Pool/Getty Images

Pope Francis, while giving his Easter Sunday message, urged the international community to overcome delays in vaccine shipments, "especially in the poorest countries."

Why it matters: The global COVAX vaccine initiative, backed by the United Nations as a way to get vaccines to poorer countries, warned of supply delays in late March that would affect millions of doses.

Apr 4, 2021 - Health

Infectious diseases expert: U.S. is "at the beginning" of a fourth COVID-19 surge

Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, warned on Sunday that the U.S. is at the precipice of a fourth surge of the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Data shows the U.S. may be at the start of a fourth wave that would foster the growth of new variants, which would likely be less susceptible to existing vaccines. A fourth surge would almost certainly be less deadly than the previous three, thanks to widespread vaccination of the elderly.