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Updated May 5, 2021 at 10:25 AM ET

The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations is slowing down — not because of any vaccine shortage, but because some Americans don't want to get vaccinated.

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Updated May 5, 2021 at 10:30 AM ET

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Rhode Island is one of at least 17 states that offer free community college. High school graduates can pursue a two-year degree at the Community College of Rhode Island tuition free. And that is why Talia Thibodeau enrolled.

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The U.S. and Iran appear to be inching back into the nuclear deal that the Trump administration abandoned. There's also some hope that Iran will soon release some of the foreign nationals they've been holding. Here's NPR's Michele Kelemen.

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In Oregon, 15 counties are designated as being at, quote, "extreme risk" for COVID-19. Katia Riddle brought us a report on vaccination efforts in one of those counties.

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If you get a COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses, the recommendation is you get two doses of the same vaccine, so two Pfizers, two Modernas, no mixing. But that could change in the future, either by necessity or by design.

Here's NPR's Joe Palca.

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And back with us now is Dr. Ali Khan, who we've talked to throughout the pandemic. He's the dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska's Medical Center. Good morning, Dr. Khan.

ALI KHAN: Good morning, Noel.

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Florida's governor, Ron DeSantis, has signed an order canceling all COVID-related restrictions, so things like mask requirements and social distancing guidelines. Here he is in a restaurant in St. Petersburg talking about this decision.

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Today, President Biden plans to announce targeted steps to try and get more people vaccinated.

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In her new book, Persist, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren returns to the call for transformational change that was her rallying cry in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. It's a book, she tells NPR's Morning Edition, she has been unwittingly writing her whole life.

"I've been writing it through every battle, through every fall, every stumble, everything I got wrong and had to come back and try to fix later on," she says.

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