Obviously the facts show that Texans have not actually mastered the safe practices to prevent COVID-19.

Counselor to the President of the United States Jeff Zients was joined by Dr. Fauci and Dr. Walensky, who discussed the nation's current response to the pandemic on August 2 in a White House briefing.

According to the White House briefing on COVID-19,  the seven states with the lowest vaccination rates are accounting for more positive COVID-19 cases than those states that are vaccinated.

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Of course, Texas is included in that list of seven, along with Florida. The numbers demonstrate that while these states make up only 8.5 percent of the U.S. population, they actually account for more than 17 percent of positive COVID-19 cases. During the briefing it was also revealed that, "one in three cases nationwide occurred in Florida and Texas this past week."

At this time 165 million Americans are fully vaccinated, but there are still approximately 90 million eligible Americans who are unvaccinated. In order to successfully eradicate COVID-19 from the U.S., more Americans need to get vaccinated against it. There has been an increase in vaccination rates in states that have been lagging, but Texas is not one of them.

As of Saturday, the CDC reported the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases to be about 72,000 cases per day.

So why are Texans choosing to not get vaccinated?

Is it due to misinformation? Distrust in the executive branch? Perhaps too much trust in politicians like Governor Abbott who claim that Texans have mastered safe practices to prevent COVID-19?

Whatever the reason, it's probably not a good enough one to lose your life or a loved one's life over.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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It's Time to 'Stuff the Bus' for Central Texas Students

The new school year is just around the corner, and Central Texas students will face unique challenges as we put the pandemic behind us and look to the future.

One challenge no child should face is being without the essential school supplies they'll need to live up to their potential and achieve academic success.

That's where you and I come in. From July 19 to August 15, you can donate school supplies at the following locations. Donated supplies will benefit students in need in Belton ISD, Killeen ISD, and Temple ISD. (Click each district to view their 2021-2022 school supply lists.)

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