Barack Obama
**FILE** Former President Barack Obama speaks to students at the University of Illinois where he accepted the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government in Urbana, Illinois, on September 7, 2018. The award is an annual honor given by the university's Institute of Government and Public Affairs to recognize public officials who have made significant contributions in public service. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Former President Obama plans to host his 60th birthday party at his family’s Martha’s Vineyard home with hundreds of guests, even as delta variant of the coronavirus ravages the country.
A person with knowledge of the party protocols said all guests are asked to be vaccinated and will have to be tested prior to attending, although they didn’t specify the testing details or how the results would be verified, Axios reported.
The outdoor party has heightened concerns because of its proximity to Provincetown, Mass., a town recently reported to have 965 breakthrough coronavirus cases — 238 town residents — after its July 4 holiday celebration. While seven people have been hospitalized due to the breakthrough cases, none have died.
The Provincetown breakthroughs spurred the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend new masking guidelines.

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