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‘Science and solidarity’: Why Puerto Rico leads US in Covid vaccinations

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San Juan (AFP) – Puerto Rico has an underfunded health care system, high levels of poverty and its infrastructure remains devastated by a major hurricane that swept through the island in 2017. So how is the US territory leading the rest of the country in Covid vaccinations? Experts credit the surprising success to two major factors: a sense of solidarity forged from past brushes with disasters, and a public health response untainted by political polarization seen on the mainland. No fewer than 74 percent of the island’s 3.2 million people are now fully vaccinated — well above the US total of …

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