Despite political polarization, a growing number of people in some conservative states are getting vaccinated. Partisans still disagree about the January 6 attack on Congress.


So the White House is monitoring vaccination rates in states where infections are spiking due, in large part, to that more transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus. And the good news is that in some states like Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and Nevada, people are now getting vaccinated at rates higher than the national average. And that’s a good place to start our conversation with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We know almost all aspects of this pandemic – the masks, the lockdowns, getting vaccinated – have been heavily politicized. Is there a political reason for an uptick in…

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