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At what point does the vaccine make the pandemic end?

The vaccine will help us work towards ending the pandemic, which will be when enough people are protected from the virus that it can no longer spread. We still have many months until everyone gets vaccinated, and then we will still need to see how long the protection against the virus lasts. What that means is that even after you get vaccinated, it is not your “get out of COVID-19 free” card. The pandemic will end through action that includes the vaccine, but other important actions like everyone wearing masks, avoiding crowds, social distancing, improving the ventilation of indoor spaces, and practicing good hygiene.

Drafted 18 December 2020

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