Holden Thorp: It ain’t over ’til it’s over

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It ain’t over ’til it’s over

H. Holden Thorp

Science • 5 May 2022 • First Release • DOI: 10.1126/science.abq8460

The Biden administration is sheepishly waving a checkered flag on the pandemic. If you look closely, you can see its members cringing as they do so. Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci told the PBS Newshour that the United States was “out of the pandemic phase” and then walked it back, saying he meant that the “acute compo­nent” of the pandemic phase was over. President Biden attended the likely superspreading White House Corre­spondents’ Dinner last weekend but skipped cocktails and the meal, opting to just give his talk. Fauci avoid­ed the whole affair. Meanwhile, Vice President Harris continued to isolate after her positive COVID-19 test, and many members of Congress and the administra­tion announced positive test results as well. All of this happened while the White House allowed a renegade federal judge in Florida (where else?) to end the nationwide mask mandate without much of a fight. These mixed messages have been emanating from the administration for months now, and although those with resources have tools to manage COVID-19, care needs to be taken that those without such means are not forgotten.

Read the rest:

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abq8460

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Called “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” it is a cry for the #urgencyofequity as we rush towards “normal” with calls for personal choices guided by personal risk assessments with an assumption that “we have the tools” to make #COVID19 “manageable” for most. 2/

It starts off: “The Biden administration is sheepishly waving a checkered flag on the pandemic. If you look closely, you can see its members cringing as they do so.” 3/

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