The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard for so-called “vaccine passports” that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated as businesses try to reopen.
Recent research suggests the full effect of the nearly 550,000 American deaths from the coronavirus will not be known for some time as it is a grief distinct than that brought on by other deaths from natural causes.
After the pandemic, experts predict there could be a new “Roaring Twenties” like the one a century ago after the last major pandemic.
Texas ended mask mandates but they survive in Austin, the liberal enclave that doubles as the state capital.
The number of new cases in the United States is continuing its two-week rise as daily deaths are now also steadily increasing with a 10.5 percent average increase over the last week. The increases have been attributed to people letting down their guard amid the spread of more virulent variants.