Vaccine Resisters Stoic Amid Growing Concerns About New Strains

Vaccine Resisters Stoic Amid Growing Concerns About New Strains

The IBD/TIPP Poll shows that more than a quarter of the U.S. population continues to hold out against getting the Covid-19 vaccine. A look at the latest numbers, and also an analysis of the past three months.

Raghavan Mayur
Raghavan Mayur

The Investor's Business Daily/TIPP Poll conducted by Technometrica has been surveying vaccination trends in the U.S. over the past few months. The number of Americans getting inoculated has slowly but steadily climbed past the halfway mark.

According to the latest survey conducted in late June/early July of 1424 Americans, the vaccination status data read:

  • 65% Vaccinated
  • 35% Not vaccinated

Of those vaccinated

  • 14% have had their first dose of the Pfizer/Modena vaccine
  • 52% fully vaccinated

As the economy opens up and travel restrictions ease, these vaccination numbers gain more significance than ever.

On the other hand, among the 35% not vaccinated, the analysis shows:

  • 8% waiting for vaccine become available
  • 11% No plans to vaccinate soon
  • 16% No plans to vaccinate at all

Over a quarter of survey respondents mentioned they were putting off getting the jab for the near future or had no plans at all to do so.

TIPP Poll Results: American Vaccination Status

The trend is indeed worrisome. Especially when compared to previous IBD/TIPP Poll data, it is evident that all government incentives have failed to sway the vaccine resistors. Chances to win lotteries and free beer have not enticed 27% of the population to get inoculated.

TIPP Poll Results: Americans with No plans to vaccinate, demographic breakdown

It must be noted that the percentage of people hesitant to get the Covid-19 vaccines has not budged considerably in the last four months.

TIPP Poll Results: Americans Vaccination status by month break down (Fully vaccinate, had first dose, waiting, no plans soon)

The average number of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. has inched past 20,000 per day in recent days. On the other hand, the average weekly vaccination numbers are around 600,000.

States with low vaccination numbers, such as Florida, are reporting new cases of infections in numbers much higher than the national average. Populations with low immunization numbers could turn into infection hotspots.

Health workers, virologists, and other experts point out that new strains of the Covid-19 virus, Delta and Delta Plus, are more transmittable than their earlier forms. It is also likely to cause a more severe illness.

Moreover, epidemiologists believe that a third wave is likely unless the population achieves herd immunity.

A vaccine mandate could perhaps bring down the percentage of vaccine resisters and hesitators. The administration has a challenging task ahead to ensure that the inoculation drive does not lose its momentum. Perhaps it's time those who hold sway over the public speak up for the larger good.

TIPP Takes

France, South Pacific Nations To Combat 'Predatory' Fishing As China Extends Reach

French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron

Though tiny in landmass, Pacific islands control vast swathes of the resource-rich ocean called Exclusive Economic Zones, forming a formidable boundary between the Americas and Asia.

French President Emmanuel Macron said France and South Pacific nations would launch a South Pacific coastguard network to counter "predatory" behavior, which an adviser said was aimed at illegal fishing.

From privately-owned craft to commercial trawlers belonging to publicly listed companies, China's fishing fleets have headed deeper into Southeast Asian waters, searching for new fishing grounds as stocks thin out closer to home.

They have ventured into disputed waters, causing diplomatic rows with countries around the South China Sea and as far away as Argentina.


U.S. Considering New Sanctions On Iranian Oil Sales To China: WSJ

U.S. Considering New Sanctions On Iranian Oil Sales To China: WSJ

The sanctions may go into effect if Iran does not agree to a nuclear deal, U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. is mulling alternative options to encourage Iran to stay at the negotiating table or up the cost of leaving it, U.S. officials and people familiar with the matter told the WSJ.

One option under consideration would reduce Iran's growing crude sales to China, the newspaper reported.

Beijing is Tehran's main oil client. In the plan under consideration, the U.S. would take aim at Iran's oil sales to China by targeting shipping networks that help export an estimated one million barrels per day.

The Biden administration has recently announced the blacklisting of Iranians for alleged violations of the oil-trade sanctions.


Russia Claims Successful Test Launch Of New Hypersonic Missile

Russia Claims Successful Test Launch Of New Hypersonic Missile

The missile was reportedly launched from an Admiral Groshkov frigate located in the White Sea in northern Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Zircon missile would be capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 1,000 kilometers.

The missiles can be used on surface ships and submarines in the Russian fleet and are part of a range of weapons developed by Moscow that Russia says are unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Several other weapons, such as the hypersonic Kinjal missile for the air force, or the nuclear-powered Bourevestnik missile, are also being developed.


The Morning After: Japan Breaks The Internet Speed Record

Internet connectivity wires

Scientists at Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have smashed the internet transfer record.

By shifting data at 319Tbps, almost double the last speed test attempted in August 2020. At that speed, you could download over 7,000 high-definition movies in a second.

It involved addressing every part of the pipeline, upgrading the fiber optic line with four cores over the usual single core in typical lines, while the laser was amplified at its source.

Also, it wasn't shooting under any oceans or anything: the scientists used coiled cabling to simulate a 1,864-mile distance.

Upgrading to this capability could be mightily expensive — though the four-core fiber optic cable should work with existing infrastructure.

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