Many countries, including the United States, Canada, and in Europe, had a measure of relief from the COVID-19 pandemic-When some locales embarked on the second-quarter transition toward normalcy . This progress was enabled by rapid vaccine rollout, with most Western European countries and Canada overcoming their slower starts during the first quarter of 2021 and passing the United States in the share of the population that is fully immunized.
However, even that share has been too small for them to achieve immunity, because of the emergence of the more
transmissible and more lethal Delta variant and the persistence of vaccine hesitancy.
And now the New variant from maybe South Africa.