After pledging it would be a summer of freedom, the U.S. Biden administration is warning of a tough few months ahead.
The United States is now averaging more than 151,000 COVID-19 cases a day, as the Delta variant proves to be highly contagious and deadly.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is reporting a significant increase in cases among children, with the reopening of schools.
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine prompting some private companies to announce vaccine mandates for employees. U.S. Health officials say it could be the spring of 2022 before the country recovers.
Joining the discussion:
- Jen Piatt is a research scholar with the Center for Public Health Law and Policy.
- Dr. Paul Goepfert is a professor of medicine and microbiology and the Director of the Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic.
- Joseph Williams is the senior news editor at U.S. News and World Report.
- Dr. Allison Messina is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
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