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Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

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An analysis by NPR shows that since the vaccine rollout, counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump have had more than twice the COVID mortality rates of those that voted for Joe Biden. With original analysis, interviews and polling data, this story examines the strong connection between partisanship and vaccination. A follow-up analysis six months later found little has changed.