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Counting breakthrough cases is key

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Back in May when coronavirus case counts were swiftly declining and confidence was high that we might finally be near the end of this terrible pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quit routinely tracking what was then a very small number of breakthrough virus infections in people who were fully vaccinated.

May seems like a long time ago now.

As the delta variant of the virus is now dominant in the United States and pushing at a swift pace case counts to levels we haven't seen since spring, public health officials now are missing a key metric in the ongoing fight to stop the coronavirus. How many of these infections are occurring in people who have been vaccinated?

What's worse is that while most states continued publicly tracking breakthrough infections even after the CDC dropped that practice except in cases of hospitalization and........

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