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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: High school student Sakine is inoculated during the launch of the #HierWirdGeimpft (Get Vaccinated Here) COVID-19 vaccination campaign a temporary vaccination center at the Ruth Cohn School on September 13, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. In the nationwide campaign, people are encouraged to register local vaccination initiatives in an effort to jump start Germany's lagging vaccination pace. Vaccinations were at a strong pace until about a month ago but have since slowed dramatically. Approximately 62 percent of people, including 73 percent of adults, in Germany are fully vaccinated so far. (Photo by Bernd von Jutrczenka - Pool/Getty Images)

COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed to levels not seen seen since last winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for sweeping new vaccination requirements. The U.S. is averaging over 1,800 COVID-19 deaths and 170,000 new cases per day. That is still well below the peak of about 3,400 deaths and a quarter-million cases per day in January. But it’s frustrating for health care leaders to see it happen nine months into the nation’s vaccination drive.