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This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky warned of “impending doom” in the United States despite the breakneck pace of COVID-19 vaccinations. Cases have increased an average of 16 per cent per day over the past two weeks even though 33 million more people were vaccinated during that time. Part of the concern is the ability to transmit the virus even after being vaccinated. For these reasons, the Biden administration is once again doubling down on mask mandates and urging continued caution and vigilance.