New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy visits the Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology Community-Based COVID-19 Vaccination Site to observe newly-eligible airport workers from Newark Liberty International Airport get vaccinated on March 16, 2021.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy visits the Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology Community-Based COVID-19 Vaccination Site to observe newly-eligible airport workers from Newark Liberty International Airport get vaccinated on March 16, 2021.

Last week the Centers for Disease Control changed its travel guidance, saying that fully vaccinated people can travel safely without quarantining or testing. But the news came with a warning – the agency still discourages all non-essential travel.

This mixed message reflects the hope and caution of this moment: a record number of Americans got vaccinated this past weekend, state and local governments are lifting restrictions on businesses, but Covid-19 cases have begun to tick up again. Hospitalizations are also on the rise, and experts are expressing concern about the spread of new variants. Meanwhile, a debate is brewing over so-called vaccination passports and how and whether they should be used.

Dan Diamond is national health reporter at the Washington Post. He explained why this is such a tricky moment in the pandemic for Americans to understand, and the Biden administration to explain.

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  • Dan Diamond National health reporter, The Washington Post

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