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Data: Harris Poll; Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans are worried about the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants, and are still willing to take safety precautions as a result, according to new Harris Poll data.

Why it matters: Despite the race to vaccinate as many people as possible, the variants are fueling another surge in cases across the U.S.

By the numbers: 62% say they aren’t comfortable traveling within the U.S., due to the variants.

  • 60% say they wouldn't be comfortable in indoor settings like gyms or restaurants without wearing a mask.
  • 58% say they are still uncomfortable with medium- or large-sized gatherings.

Methodology: The survey was conducted March 26-28 among a representative sample of 1,989 American adults.

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Sep 29, 2021 - Health

CDC issues urgent advisory calling on pregnant people to get COVID vaccine

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The CDC issued "an urgent health advisory" on Wednesday urging people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why it matters: The CDC said it "strongly recommends" vaccination because its benefits for a pregnant person and the fetus outweigh the risks. It added that pregnant people with COVID-19 are at "increased risk" of outcomes such as preterm birth, stillbirth and admission of a newborn into the ICU.

AT&T mandates COVID vaccination for most unionized workers

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AT&T expanded its COVID-19 vaccine mandate Wednesday to employees who are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union.

Why it matters: The communications giant is one of the biggest employers in the U.S. to require frontline workers to be vaccinated against the virus. The union said it represents some 90,000 AT&T workers, per AP.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."