A series of comments by top officials, including Dr. Fauci, have muddied the discussion not just on school reopenings but on COVID vaccinations, underscoring a Biden team dilemma.
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Health officials worry the fallout from this week’s brutal deep freeze will drive COVID infections up when it looked like the country was just starting to make progress.
Over granola bars and other snacks at the Jan. 5 meeting, participants discussed the extent to which states were “failing in their vaccine rollout,” one attendee said.
Federal health officials announced a detailed set of guidelines for reopening schools, adding that vaccinations for teachers should be seen as an “additional layer of protection.”
Dr. Fauci is still “cautiously optimistic” that life can return to normal by the beginning of the fall. But others worry that we may not get there until the early winter.
Similar partnerships between big pharma companies have already been struck in Europe.