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For a few months, it looked like COVID-19 was retreating in the United States. But cases are rising across the country again. Still, public health leaders are signaling that the U.S. is turning another corner in this pandemic, and that continued COVID surges might just be part of the new normal.
NPR Science correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff reports on what the new Omicron variant could have in store for the U.S. in coming weeks and months, and what scientists know about Americans’ COVID immunity.
Andy Slavitt, former senior advisor to President Joe Biden on COVID, explains what the “endemic phase” could look like.
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This episode was produced by Mallory Yu, Jason Fuller and Elena Burnett. It was edited by Ashley Brown, Vikki Valentine, Patrick Jarenwattananon and Courtney Dorning. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.