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U.S. heads into Labor Day with Covid vaccines but a substantially worse outbreak than this time last year

  • The CDC has advised unvaccinated Americans against traveling over the holiday weekend, worried the festivities could kick off another surge in cases.
  • New cases this week have climbed to their highest point since January, averaging 166,000 per day over the last seven days.
  • New cases, however, are rising at a substantially slower pace than in recent weeks, and many scientists predict they will soon start to decline.

People line up at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing at a mobile testing van in New York City, August 27, 2021.Brendan McDermid | Reuters

The U.S. is heading into Labor Day weekend with just over four times as many Covid-19 cases and more than twice as many hospitalizations as at this time last year — despite having vaccinated 62% of the American population with at least one dose.

The U.S. and the world are nowhere near where health officials hoped, and thought, we would be 20 months into the pandemic — and more than eight months after vaccines that boasted efficacy rates around 95% were rolled out.

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