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The Covid vaccine map is very similar to the election map

But the country’s leaders still have opposing ideas about how to fight that enemy.

We’ve previously written repeatedly about the divide between red and blue states in coping with the pandemic — mostly about masks and vaccines.

The latest news makes it worth revisiting.

A new requirement. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that by December 27, private employers must implement a requirement that their staff be vaccinated. He is seeking to punish employers who fail to comply with the requirement — a step beyond measures passed by 22 states requiring vaccines for a combination of health care and public sector workers, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
A new way to fight demands. In Florida, Republican administration Ron DeSantis is attempting to use state taxpayer dollars to encourage employers to defy the Biden administration’s proposed federal vaccination requirement, which is currently stalled in court.
Something is working. U.S Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to a noticeable increase in vaccinations lately. Two months ago, fewer than a million doses were administered per day, on average, according to the CDC. A month ago, that figure was about 1.3 million doses. Today that is about 2.3 million.

More on the New York requirement. There are some looming questions about the plan de Blasio outlined Monday.

  • First, the mayor has only been in office for a few weeks, and his successor, elected mayor Eric Adams, has left the country and has not committed to carrying out the plan.
  • Penalties for non-compliance have not been established and will be announced with more details on December 15th.
  • It is not clear how companies will certify that their employees have been vaccinated. One thing many employers probably don’t want is to be the vaccination police.
New York City is already a highly vaccinated place. Seventy percent of the city’s total population has been fully vaccinated, according to the city’s health department, and another 8% have had one dose, compared to 60% of the U.S. population who have been fully vaccinated.

Perhaps looking at the closures in Europe, De Blasio said vaccines should be as universal as possible.

“We have to take very bold measures. We see restrictions coming back. We see closures,” he said. “We can’t let those restrictions come back. We can’t have shutdowns in New York.”

Florida is more vaccinated than many states. At 62%, Florida’s vaccination rate is above the national average, but that includes both highly vaccinated places in South Florida — Miami-Dade County is 79% fully vaccinated — and places in the northern part of the state that are good. vaccinated less than 50% vaccinated.

This is a pattern that is repeating itself across the country. In fact, look at these two maps: the 2020 election map and CNN’s current vaccination map, which includes state-level data.

They are very similar. Blue states that voted for President Joe Biden are generally over 60% vaccinated. Red states that went for former President Donald Trump are generally below that average.

Florida and Wisconsin, political-level battlegrounds, are exceptions to the vaccine. They voted for Trump, but have a vaccination rate of over 60%.

Other battlefields, such as Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, are also exceptions. They went for Biden, but their vaccination rate is below 60%.

Across. The views of some of the country’s most conservative politicians, such as Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio, is that Covid-19 is in the rearview mirror.

“Really America is done with #COVID19,” Jordan tweeted last week. “The only people who don’t understand that are Fauci and Biden.”

He later described public health policy during the pandemic as a “two-year assault on our freedoms.”

CNN’s Phil Mattingly this weekend put together maps of cases and hospitalizations showing that Covid-19 is all but gone.

The pandemic is now undeniably affecting the less vaccinated parts of the country more than the vaccinated parts.

CNN’s Deidre McPhillips looked at the risk of dying from Covid-19 in the US last week.

She wrote:

Since vaccines became widely available, the average risk of dying from Covid-19 is more than 50% higher in states that voted for President Trump in 2020 than in states that voted for President Biden, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

In the first 11 months of the pandemic — from its first peak to its winter 2020 peak, before vaccines became widely available — the average Covid-19 death rate along party lines was about the same. Until the end of January 2021, states that voted for Trump in the 2020 election had an average of 128 Covid-19 deaths for every 100,000 people, while states that voted for Biden had an average of 127 Covid-19 deaths for every 100,000 people.

More context: As of Feb. 1, red states have had an average of 116 Covid-19 deaths per 100,000 people — 52% higher than the average of 77 deaths per 100,000 people in blue states. The five states with the worst per capita death rates at the time all voted for Trump in 2020: Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky and West Virginia.

According to a recent analysis by the Washington Post, the gap is even wider at the provincial level.

What is driving the current rise in the number of cases? It is not the Omicron variant. At least not yet. The vast majority of new cases in the US are still caused by the Delta variant.

The increase is clear.

  • The average daily number of deaths has risen to 1,651.
  • More than 59,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with Covid-19.
  • The number of hospital admissions has been rising for more than three weeks.
Read CNN’s latest report on Covid-19 cases.
New travel restrictions came into effect on Monday. International travelers must present negative Covid-19 tests within one day of departure to the US.

Foreigners must be fully vaccinated to enter the country.

There is no vaccination requirement for domestic travel, but White House officials have not ruled out the idea.

Elsewhere, some major companies are reconsidering their plans to return to work. Factory workers at Ford have been back on the line since May 2020, but the company announced Monday it would further delay – until March – the return to the office for 30,000 employees.
Everyone should broaden their lens. CNN’s Rob Picheta writes that the pandemic is a global problem, and that the solution — which is almost certainly provided by vaccines that deal with Covid-19 just like dealing with the common cold — is not being addressed globally.

That’s what I’m going for. This newsletter pays much more attention to the differences in vaccination coverage in the US, but the inequality is much greater between high- and low-income countries, where there is still insufficient access to vaccines.