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Viewpoint: What Doesn’t Kill You Mutates and Tries Again

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1. Rates of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Vaccination Status. CDC. Accessed on Dec. 8, 2021.
2. Wood D, Brumfiel G. Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame. NPR. Dec. 5, 2021.
3. Two vaccine doses may not provide sufficient protection against Omicron coronavirus variant, but protection improves with three doses, Pfizer says.
4. Booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be critical against omicron, companies’ study suggests.
5. Grierson J, Mason R, Walder P, Gregory A, Geddes L. UK’s minimum gap for Covid booster jabs to be halved to three months. The Gardian. Nov. 28, 2021.  
6. Hackett M. Average cost of hospital care for COVID-19 ranges from $51,000 to $78,000, based on age. Healthcare Finance. Nov. 5, 2021.
7. Hardy A. Average Cost for a COVID-19 Hospital Say Top $400,000 in Some States: Study. Money. Oct. 25, 2021.
8. Gavin K. M Health Labs. Oct. 18, 2021.
9. Amin K, Cox C. Unvaccinated COVID-19 hospitalizations cost billions of dollars. Kaiser Family Foundation. Sept. 14, 2021.
10. Yoon J. Singapore will stop covering Covid costs for those who decline to be vaccinated. Nov. 9, 2021. New York Times.
11. Khetpal V. Just Say It: The Health Care System Has Collapsed. Slate. Sept. 7, 2021.
12. Branswell H. Some experts suggest Omicron variant may have evolved in an animal host. STAT. Dec. 2, 2021.