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A pandemic-scarred year ends in darkness — but with hope on the horizon

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Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN

The year dawned in a blaze of hope that new, effective Covid-19 vaccines — free and available to all — would deliver the country from the worst public health emergency in 100 years, in which 350,000 Americans had already died. The promise of a new President, Joe Biden, to shut down the virus rang in the nation’s ears after his predecessor had lied about Covid-19’s severity, botched the government response and prized his political goals over its health.

But the year ends in a dark place. Hospitals are flooded with Covid-19 patients, the transportation network is seizing up, and a new coronavirus variant — Omicron — is finding even the most careful citizens.

This year was deadlier then the last. More than 820,000 have now perished in the United States alone from Covid-19. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is predicting 44,000 deaths…

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