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Keep vaccinating, West Virginia

Over the past few weeks, nearly 5 percent of all West Virginians have received either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That’s by far the highest rate in the nation, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker.

And what makes this story better — particularly over the past few weeks — is that the state has prioritized vaccinations for the most vulnerable segments of the population. That currently is ongoing with the 80 and older segment, and soon will move to those ages 70 to 79 and then, after that, to those 65 to 69.

That means that not only is the state getting vaccines out at a rate better than any other state, but it’s also getting the vaccine to those that need it most. That’s commendable, and shows continued leadership from the state.


Ex-delegate Derrick Evans spared West Virginia ongoing national embarrassment when he resigned Saturday.

Of all Evans’ actions since Wednesday, when he rushed the nation’s Capitol with others upset over the presidential election results and even livestreamed himself inside the building’s interior, resigning from the House is the only sensible decision he’s made. Fellow delegates should be saying a silent thank-you that Evans’ actions — and what to do about them — won’t be the top agenda item when the House meets this week for its first gathering of 2021.

The Legislature has many important issues to deal with this year, and the criminal actions of a delegate would have taken time away from matters that could benefit West Virginians. It’s good that this aspect of Evans’ actions are dealt with.


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