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Photo: Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Anthony Fauci expressed sadness at the "avoidable and preventable" coronavirus-related deaths among unvaccinated people during an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Why it matters: The Biden Administration missed its goal to have at least 70% of U.S. adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4.

  • More than 600,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States, per Politico. The rate has declined since the coronavirus vaccines became publicly available.
  • Meanwhile, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that three in 10 adults have not received the vaccine and "definitely" or "probably" don't plan to get it.
    • Of that group, 73% say U.S. officials have exaggerated the risks posed by the delta variant. Meanwhile, Nearly 80 percent believe they have little or no risk of getting sick from COVID.

What they're saying: About the deaths, Fauci said, "It's really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable."

  • "We're dealing with a historic situation with this pandemic, and we do have the tools to counter it," he continued. "So for goodness' sakes, put aside all of those differences and realize that the common enemy is the virus."
  • "There are people throughout the world who would do anything to get vaccines."

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  2. Health: Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics
  3. Politics: Study reveals disparities in hospitals' COVID funds — DeSantis touts bonuses for unvaccinated police who relocate to Florida — Puerto Rico leads U.S. vaccination rates
  4. Education: Benefits of COVID vaccine for children outweigh risks, FDA says — Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Oct 11, 2021 - World

COVID is here to stay. So what does "victory" look like?

Lining up for a nightclub in Copenhagen. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty

After 18 months of wondering when this will all be over, it's increasingly clear that there will never be a moment of victory for vaccines against variants or humanity against the virus.

The big picture: Case counts remain stubbornly high even where just about everyone who wants a shot has had one. Countries like Australia and New Zealand that had sought to keep out COVID-19 altogether are now learning to live with the virus.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
31 mins ago - Technology

Facebook's scandals have been great for shareholders

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios

Facebook has been embroiled in scandal for the past five years, and while the specific allegations change over time, a central theme is constant. Given the choice between commercial and moral imperatives, Facebook always seems to choose the option that is best for the share price.

Why it matters: Facebook's stock chart supports that narrative. Since the 2016 scandals alleging that the social network was infiltrated by foreign actors trying to influence the outcome of democratic elections, Facebook's revenues — and its stock — have been soaring.