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How Close Is the Pandemic’s End?

As President Biden accelerates plans for manufacturing vaccines and several states move to reopen, we check in on the virus.

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March 4, 2021

It’s been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

And the virus is persisting: A downward trend in the United States’ caseload has stalled, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have labeled three mutations “variants of concern.”

Yet inoculations are on the rise, and the F.D.A. recently approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, the third to be approved in the U.S.

Today, we check in on the latest about the coronavirus — it’s emerging mutations and what the latest vaccine approval means for the U.S. immunization campaign.

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Carl Zimmer, a science writer and author of the “Matter” column for The New York Times.

Tending to a Covid-19 patient in Salinas, Calif., last month.
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Carl Zimmer contributed reporting.

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