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A COVID-19 vaccination record card and an "I got my COVID-19 vaccine!" sticker. (Photo by: Don and Melinda Crawford/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) announced Monday that 80% of its eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why it matters: Vermont is the first state in the country to reach that threshold. As a result, Scott said he is removing all COVID-19 restrictions.

The big picture: Vermont has led in vaccinations nationwide, and cases have been declining steadily in the state.

  • As of June 14, Vermont's 14-day change in cases had declined by 34% and hospitalizations were down by 78%, according to the New York Times.
  • 70% of adults in 12 U.S. states have received at least one shot as of June 2, according to CNBC. Overall, 64.4% of U.S. adults nationwide have received at least one dose, according to the CDC.

Yes, but: Vermont's progress on vaccinating the eligible population comes as nationwide vaccination rates continue to wane.

  • While the country was averaging about 1 million vaccines administered per day over the last week, that's still significantly less than the peak average of 3.3 million per day in early April, per CNN.
  • Additionally, less than half of adults living in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wyoming have received one dose of the vaccine, according to CNN.
  • President Biden has set a goal of July 4 for 70% of Americans to have received at least one vaccine dose.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to state that 64.4% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, not all Americans as previously stated.

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President Biden spoke out Tuesday against Republican governors who've sought to block vaccine and mask mandates, as COVID-19 cases spike across the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has tried to avoid making the pandemic a partisan issue, but the Washington Post notes the White House "has grown increasingly frustrated" with Republican leaders looking to obstruct health measures.

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Israel reinstates COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

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Israel announced Tuesday it will tighten public health measures due to surging in COVID-19 case numbers.

Driving the news: The latest restrictions come as Israel saw nearly 4,000 new daily cases reported on Tuesday, the highest count so far since the country began experiencing an uptick last month, the AP reports.

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America's pandemic pessimism returns

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A majority of Americans now, once again, say the worst of the pandemic is yet to come, per new Harris polling provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: We took a brief hiatus from worrying about the pandemic, but the Delta variant and the response to it appear to have sent us back to a dark place.

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