In the United States, the COVID pandemic is mercifully nearing its end. Case counts are down, hospitalizations are down, and so are deaths. It’s too soon to say the pandemic is “over” (after all, the virus killed 615 Americans yesterday alone), but the combination of vaccines and natural immunity is dramatically limiting the spread of the disease. In fact, earlier today Axios announced that it will no longer print its weekly COVID map:
At the same time, we’re in the midst of a massive news dump that’s triggering a re-evaluation of the American response to the virus. Remember the lab-leak theory that was labeled a conspiracy theory last year? It suddenly has new legs, and Vanity Fair has published a truly extraordinary blow-by-blow account of the effort inside and outside the government to take a close, fair look at the possibility that COVID escaped from a Chinese lab.
Do you want to dissect Dr. Anthony Fauci’s response to the Coronavirus? You can go to BuzzFeed and read 3,234 pages of emails to and from Fauci, including emails that outline his evolving views of the effectiveness of masking.