Is America's Omicron playbook strong enough?

Americans line up for COVID-19 vaccines.
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A new COVID-19 variant has arrived, and like with other strains before it, America's attack strategy is half-baked, Ed Yong argues in The Atlantic.

Why? Because societally, Yong writes, "policy makers have already cut themselves off from the tools needed to protect the populations they serve" — things like quarantines and mask mandates. Boosters might offer reasonable protection against infection, but only 17 percent of Americans have received them, and now, many are struggling to make appointments. People from rural, low-income, and minority communities will likely experience the greatest delays.

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