• “Please get vaccinated now. It works. It’s free. It’s never been easier, and it’s never been more important.”—President Joe Biden.
  • Roughly a third of U.S. adults still haven’t received a vaccine shot.
  • “Every time we have a more transmissible variant, the number of people that need to be fully vaccinated to get to herd immunity goes up.”—USF virologist Dr. Michael Teng.
  • The Delta variant, which appears to be about 40 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant, is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in Florida. Tracking data indicates it is present in 34 counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Hernando.
  • “You’ve got another lottery going on and it’s the death lottery.” That was West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice, in reference to those in his state who are vaccine-hesitant. West Virginia is among the states offering vaccinated residents entry in lotteries for money, cars and firearms.
  • “The night belongs to the vaccinated. Time to join them.” From a social media ad by Heineken.
  • An increase in automation, notably in service industries, may turn out to be an economic legacy of the pandemic.
  • United Airlines said its winter schedule to Florida will be larger than it was in 2019, before the pandemic crushed air travel.
  • Surreal approach: The Dali Museum was the recent site of a vaccine clinic. No appointments, no charge. All three vaccines were available. Plus, those who got vaccinated also got a $10 food voucher.

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