COVID-19 vaccinations are administered at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Thursday. Daily vaccination rates are slipping and there is growing consensus among scientists and public health experts that while herd immunity may never be possible, the virus will most likely become a manageable threat that will continue to circulate, causing hospitalizations and deaths but in much smaller numbers. | SAUL MARTINEZ/THE NEW YORK TIMES
Early in the pandemic, when vaccines for the coronavirus were still just a glimmer on the horizon, the term “herd immunity” came to signify the endgame: the point when enough Americans would be protected from the virus so we could be rid of the pathogen and reclaim our lives.
Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a vaccine. But daily vaccination rates are slipping, and there is widespread consensus among scientists...
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