Conservative pundits, would-be presidential candidates and Trump proteges have already exploited skepticism of vaccines for political gain. And new fears that a return to masks and physical distancing might be necessary in Covid hot zones, where many people have refused vaccines, are reigniting partisan fault lines. The rising political discord threatens not only to tarnish and reverse Biden’s early success in rolling out vaccines and tamping down the virus — only two weeks after the President declared partial independence from Covid-19
. It could present the White House with severe challenges in the event of a full-scale next wave of infections and deaths in the coming weeks.
Even if many of the people getting sick are anti-vaccine Republicans who are not his voters anyway, any reimposed restrictions and business closures could interrupt the economic recovery that the President is…
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