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New data shows that around 8% of Americans who have gotten a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have missed their second doses. That figure, compounded with data on vaccine hesitancy more broadly, doesn’t bode well for the U.S. reaching a vaccination threshold that allows for a return to normalcy some time soon. 

Axios Re:Cap digs into those numbers and what they tell us about vaccine hesitancy with health policy expert Dr. Zeke Emanuel, who advised President Obama and served on President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 task-force.

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Jul 30, 2021 - Health

Vaccine mandates are popular

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Data: The COVID States Project; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they'd support federal, state or local governments requiring everyone to get a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new survey conducted by The COVID States Project.

Why it matters: This kind of blanket mandate hasn't even been proposed, at any level of government. But more piecemeal requirements are rapidly becoming more popular, and the survey suggests Americans are fine with that.

The Republicans' mixed mandate message

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Republicans have expressed selective rage amid the rise of the Delta variant: They rail against the return of indoor masking but are far less vocal about vaccine requirements.

Why it matters: Masking may help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but the real solution to the pandemic is getting more Americans vaccinated. Increased support for that — including the use of heavier-handed methods like mandates — will only increase its chance of succeeding.

Scoop: Garland defends DOJ's handling of Jan. 6 probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that federal prosecutors "are doing exactly what they are expected to do" in seeking accountability for the "intolerable assault" on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Allies of former President Trump, including Republican congressmen, have criticized the department's treatment rioters charged with crimes, and sought to recast the insurrection as a righteous protest. Garland's testimony with be his first appearance before the panel.