Foreign Policy   |  August 24, 2021

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Not long ago in the United States, COVID-19 cases were plummeting, vaccine rates were soaring, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued “mask-off” guidance for the vaccinated. July 4 was supposed to be “Freedom Day.” Not so fast. The seven-day daily average of COVID-19 cases has spiked to 150,000 and is rising fast, and the CDC has said vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have high viral loads capable of efficient transmission.

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