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Andy Slavitt breaks down the current state of the COVID pandemic. A former senior advisor on the Biden administration’s COVID response team, Andy goes into detail on everything from how Omicron’s method of transmission differs from other variants’, to why at-home rapid tests aren’t as accurate as the general public thinks they are. He also explains what key metrics he’ll be looking for in the months to come, how Omicron will affect different regions, and what the Biden administration should be doing to prepare.
Click here to watch the full episode of the Hell & High Water podcast: John Heilemann and Slavitt discuss the past, present, and future of the pandemic; the Biden administration’s successes (in particular its aggressive distribution of vaccines) and missteps (on testing, messaging, dealing with vaccine resistance, and preparedness for new variants such as Omicron); and whether we are on the cusp of a new era, in which Covid morphs from pandemic to endemic, and a new normal.