“There was was no celebration at the White House on Monday, nor a setting of a new target, as the administration instead struggles to overcome skepticism and outright hostility to the vaccine, especially in the South and other rural and conservative areas.” US hits 70% vaccination rate — a month late, amid a surge.

+ Beer, lotteries, and free pizza are decent motivators. Fear is a better one. All 50 states report rising vaccination rates.

+ US employers ratchet up the pressure on the unvaccinated. (good.)

+ New York City will require vaccines for entry to restaurants and gyms. (good.)

+ As of late last week, 9 states have enacted 11 laws with prohibitions on vaccine mandates. (bad.)