Vaccines are effective against the variant, but experts worry about states where fewer people are inoculated.
By many metrics, the US is doing relatively well against the pandemic coronavirus. National tallies of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all at lows not seen since early last year. Several states have hit the goal of having 70 percent of adults vaccinated with at least one dose, and many areas are easing or lifting health restrictions in response to suppressed transmission levels.
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