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Data: Kaiser Family Foundation; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Hispanic Americans are more likely than Black or white Americans to say, if unvaccinated, they want to get a shot as soon as possible, per new KFF polling.

Why it matters: The disproportionate level of vaccine enthusiasm among those who aren't yet vaccinated suggests that Hispanics may be facing additional access issues.

By the numbers: 47% of Hispanic respondents said they've already received at least one dose, compared to 60% of white adults.

  • But among those who haven't, a third of Hispanics say they want to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Only 16% of white adults and 17% of Black adults say the same.
  • Only 17% of Hispanics said they definitely don't plan to get vaccinated, compared to 34% of unvaccinated white respondents.

Between the lines: Unvaccinated Hispanic adults are more likely than white adults to report being concerned about missing work due to vaccine side effects, having to pay out of pocket for the vaccine, or not being able to get the vaccine from a place they trust.

  • These access-related concerns are even greater among Hispanics who are lower-income, uninsured and potentially undocumented.

The bottom line: Access issues can be addressed by good public policy. And removing access issues for people willing to be vaccinated will be key to this next phase of the U.S. effort.

Go deeper: U.S. Latinos under-enrolled in clinical trials for Alzheimer's drugs

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Aug 21, 2021 - World

India approves world's first DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

India's drug regulator on Friday granted emergency approval to the world's first DNA-based coronavirus vaccine.

Driving the news: The three-dose, needle-free vaccine was developed by pharmaceutical company Zydus Cadila. The company added that it is also the first vaccine to be approved in the country for teens between the ages of 12 and 18.

Updated 12 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk — Fauci says Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S. — U.S. restricts air travel from 8 countries over Omicron concerns.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Updated Aug 23, 2021 - Health

Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson "responding positively" to COVID treatment

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jacqueline Jackson at a 2018 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation event in Washington, D.C. Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline Jackson, were "responding positively" to treatment Sunday — one day after being hospitalized with COVID-19, their son said.

Details: Physicians at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago were "carefully monitoring" the 79-year-old civil rights leader and Jacqueline Jackson "especially because of their ages," said Jonathan Jackson in a statement Sunday.

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