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Data: Axios/Ipsos Poll; Note: 3.2% margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

57% of U.S. adults believe proof of COVID-19 vaccination should be required to attend a sporting event, per the latest Axios-Ipsos survey. Coincidentally, 58% of American adults have received at least one shot, which President Biden hopes to increase to 70% by July 4.

What they're saying: The fully vaccinated NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN he "would not hesitate to go to an outdoor baseball game. My risk would be extremely low, particularly if I wear a mask."

The state of play: Vaccinated-only fan sections have begun popping up, allowing for a safer way to increase capacity at sporting events.

  • Teams with such a section include three of MLB's California teams (Dodgers, Giants, Padres), as well as the NBA's Heat. Starting May 19, the Yankees and Mets will join them.

Looking ahead: While most events currently require just a negative test, some are planning to enact stricter policies later in the year.

  • "Our goal is to have a 100% full house for the Bills and the Sabres starting in the fall," Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz said last month.
  • "Our plan is that unless you are vaccinated you will not have entry to the stadium. It is easy. It is safe."

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The Biden administration has reached agreements with ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to coronavirus vaccination sites through July 4, the White House announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: The free rides, starting in the next two weeks, are part of the Biden administration's push to administer at least one vaccine dose to 70% of U.S. adults by Independence Day.

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Study: Over 99% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated

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The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday released a study showing that 99.75% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and April 13 were not fully vaccinated, according to data provided to Axios.

Why it matters: Real-world evidence continues to show coronavirus vaccines are effective at keeping people from dying and out of hospitals. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been found to be 95% and 94% effective, respectively, at preventing symptomatic infections.

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Pelosi says members can remove masks when addressing the House

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that members will be allowed to remove their masks on the House floor while recognized to address the chamber.

Why it matters: The move is a relaxing of the House's COVID-19 safety guidelines. Pelosi introduced a mask requirement in July 2020 after several Republican members refused to wear them.