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The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, told me for "Axios on HBO" that more Christians need to get vaccinated.

Using the cadence of an altar call, he gave this preacher's plea: "I want people to know that God loves them. ... He will forgive you and God will accept you into his presence."

  • "I want people to know that COVID-19 can kill you," he continued. "But we have a vaccine out there that could possibly save your life. And if you wait, it could be too late."
  • During my visit to North Wilkesboro, N.C., Graham told me about his recent visit with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, and we talked about President Biden and more.

Catch the full interview Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on "Axios on HBO," on HBO and HBO Max.

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COVID-19 is the first major pandemic in the social media era — offering experts a rare opening to study the relationship between online misinformation and human behavior on a large scale.

Why it matters: As misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines runs rampant, researchers are trying to measure how much memes and messages with false information can alter someone's decision to get vaccinated.

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Vaccinated White House staff no longer required to wear masks on grounds

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The White House emailed staff on Thursday saying those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are no longer required to wear face masks on the premises.

Why it matters: The move follows new COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC which allow fully vaccinated people to participate in indoor and outdoor activities without masks or physically distancing.

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