Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie's 2022 goal: Defeat the pandemic
Overcoming the pandemic — specifically trying to get more people vaxxed and to take precautions more seriously — is Des Moines' top concern, Mayor Frank Cownie told Axios.
State of play: About 70% of Iowans ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including roughly 65% of those eligible in Polk County.
- A spike in hospitalizations and deaths were reported during the holiday season, albeit at levels far lower than in late 2020.
What to watch: There's hope that the worst of the pandemic is over.
- New antiviral drugs that can prevent most hospitalizations were authorized by the Food and Drug Administration in the final days of December.
Editor's note: This story is part of Axios Des Moines' feature this week spotlighting the biggest 2022 goals of community groups and metro leaders.
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