The State of Vaccinations

A look at the rapid expansion of shots, the people who are still holding out, and the rules of the road for those who are inoculated.

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The United States has never undertaken a vaccination campaign of the scale and speed of the Covid-19 program. There have been a few glitches, but it appears that the country is on track to fulfill President Biden’s goal of offering shots to all adults who want one by May 1.

But as Americans receive their first dose, and even get fully vaccinated, there will still be rules that govern social interactions. Precautions such as mask wearing and social distancing will not fall away immediately.

We look at the ups and downs in the American vaccination campaign and describe what life after inoculation might look like.

On today’s episode

Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for The New York Times.

Background reading

It’s not clear how easily vaccinated people may spread the virus, but the answer to that question is coming soon. Until then, scientists urge caution.

Many scientists are expecting another rise in infections. But this time, vaccinations should help to counter the surge. By summer, Americans may be looking at a return to normal life.

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Apoorva Mandavilli contributed reporting.

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