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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

White and Asian Americans' vaccination rates continue to outpace those of Black and Hispanic Americans, though racial gaps have improved over time, per KFF.

Why it matters: The pandemic is concentrated almost entirely within the unvaccinated population in the U.S., at least for now.

  • That means it will disproportionately impact people of color as long as racial vaccination disparities persist.

State of play: Over the last two weeks, the pace of vaccinations slowed among white and Asian Americans, but remained steady among Black and Hispanic people.

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Jun 9, 2021 - Health

Fauci sounds alarm over COVID-19 variant surging in U.K.

Anthony Fauci urged Americans Wednesday to get vaccinated to halt the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant first discovered in India, which currently accounts for 6% of infections in the U.S.

Why it matters: The United Kingdom has seen an explosion in new cases as a result of the variant, which is now the dominant strain and may be associated with increased disease severity.

Jun 9, 2021 - Health

Seattle becomes first major city to get 70% fully vaccinated

A 12-year-old boy receives a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Harborview Medical Center on May 13, in Seattle. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Wednesday announced that the city had become the first major metropolitan in the country to fully vaccinate 70% of its population.

The big picture: Durkan said 78% of Seattle's population, 12 years and older, have received their first dose, adding it is one of the country's highest vaccination rates.

U.S. to buy 500 million Pfizer doses to share with the world

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The Biden administration will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to share with countries around the world, with the option to buy an additional 200 million, two sources familiar with the deal tell Axios.

Why it matters: That's a big step toward making the U.S. a major global vaccine supplier and comes as Biden departs for his first foreign trip as president.