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Data: Verywell; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Most Americans support requiring proof they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling, going to school or going to work, a recent survey by Verywell found.

Why it matters: The idea of vaccine "passports" emerged early as a potential tool to reopen economies. But they've turned into a political flashpoint in several Republican-led states — and raised plenty of logistical challenges.

Details: Verywell Health polled 2,000 adults in the U.S. in early April about what activities people felt should require proof they'd gotten their COVID shots.

  • More than half thought vaccine proof should also be required for heading to concerts or sporting events, an approach New York rolled out this spring.
  • Far fewer supported requiring proof for activities like sitting inside a restaurant or shopping indoors, or attending a religious service.

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Dave Lawler, author of World
May 6, 2021 - World

Mixed response in Europe to Biden's vaccine patents bombshell

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Biden administration surprised the world last night by coming out in favor of waiving patents for coronavirus vaccines — but Europe is divided on the issue.

What they're saying: European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen said Brussels would be willing to discuss it; French President Emmanuel Macron said he backed the U.S. position, but a German government spokesman said the proposal would cause "severe complications" for vaccine production.

Dave Lawler, author of World
May 6, 2021 - World

True COVID-19 death toll is double the official numbers, study finds

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Data: IHME; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

There have been twice as many deaths from COVID-19 around the world as have been reported, according to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which analyzed excess mortality and other factors.

The big picture: The U.S. has undercounted by over 300,000 deaths, while the death tolls in India and Mexico — second and third on the list, respectively — are nearly three times the official numbers, according to the analysis.