Republican leaders are championing COVID-19 shots as red states struggle with vaccination rates and the Delta variant rips across the US


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Mitt Romney said that the politicization of vaccination was "an outrage" and "moronic."

Red states tend to have lower vaccination rates than blue states.

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Three Republican leaders have spoken out in favor of COVID-19 shots as red-leaning states struggle to get people vaccinated while the highly infectious Delta variant rips across the US.

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah told the New York Times on Wednesday that it was an "enormous error for anyone to suggest that we shouldn't be taking vaccines." "Look, the politicization of vaccination is an outrage and frankly moronic," he said.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Wednesday that most vaccine skepticism was "based on conspiracy theories, unfortunately." Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday that "we need to keep preaching that getting the vaccine is important."

Romney said that President Trump "moved heaven and earth to get vaccines developed on a timely basis" and it would be "an insult to the accomplishment" if people still failed to get the shots, per the Times.

Meanwhile, many Republicans remain skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines, believing the public health campaign to be an infringement on personal liberty. On Monday, several GOP state lawmakers proposed a new law to make it illegal to "discriminate" against people who aren't vaccinated.

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Utah, Texas, and Kentucky, which are all red-leaning states, have below-average vaccine rates with respectively 45%, 43%, and 44% fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national average is 48.2%.

Insider reported on Tuesday that the highest number of new cases caused by the highly infectious Delta coronavirus variant are mostly in states with low vaccination rates - which on the whole are Republican.

Utah and Kentucky fit this trend with more than 80% of new infections caused by the Delta variant, according to Scripps Research, which uses data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Kentucky, the formerly dominant Alpha variant accounts for about 60% of new infections, and Delta 30%. The exact numbers of Delta infection may vary because not all positive tests are sequenced.

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Due to uneven vaccination rates and new strains of the coronavirus, the pandemic has come in waves that have crashed in different parts of the U.S. at different times. Health experts say the recent uptick in cases is primarily due to localized outbreaks in areas with low vaccination rates.

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“It’s grossly misfortunate and a huge human cost to have made vaccination political," the senator said.

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Catt Sadler sick with COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated: 'Delta is relentless'

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A fully vaccinated Catt Sadler revealed that she has contracted the Delta variant of COVID-19.

"I’m telling you this so that you understand that the pandemic is very much NOT over," the former E! host, 46, warned her Instagram followers Tuesday alongside a photo of herself lying in bed.

"Delta is relentless and highly contagious and grabbed ahold of me even after getting vaccinated," she wrote.

Sadler, who turned off the comments on her post, revealed she contracted the rapidly spreading variant while caring for an unvaccinated person who was sick with it — despite wearing a mask while in their presence.

"I assumed I would be fine. Well I’m not. I’m one of many breakthrough cases that we are seeing more of each and every day," she wrote. "Two days of a fever now. Head throbbing. Extreme congestion. Even some weird puss coming out of my eye. Serious fatigue; no energy to even leave the bed."

The entertainment reporter ended her message by warning people to keep their guards up even if they’re vaccinated.

"I’m no MD but I’m here to remind you that the vaccine isn’t full proof. **Vaccines lessen the likelihood of hospitalization and death but you can still catch this thing," she wrote. "So continue to protect yourselves."

Although contracting COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated is rare, it is possible and "expected," the Centers for Disease Control says, as the vaccines are not 100 percent effective against the virus.

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