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U.S. coronavirus cases are falling, but variants could erase progress

The New York Times, Jan. 22, 2021

January 22, 2021

U.S. coronavirus cases are falling, but variants could erase progress

Public health experts had hoped that first vaccinating the groups at highest risk of death or most likely to be exposed to the virus would result in fewer deaths among those infected. But if new virus variants lead to significantly more infections, “it’s going to result, eventually, in more deaths,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine.