The highly contagious variant of British COVID-19 first discovered in Kent has now been reported in all states in the United States.
More than 15,000 cases of the B117 strain have now been confirmed and experts are concerned variants are causing a surge in infections in many states.
“America seems to be done with the pandemic,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told reporters.
“The virus is not over with us.”
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The United States administered 167,187,795 doses of COVID-19[female[feminine as early as Monday morning and distributed 207,891,395 doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
Official figures show the country completed four million jabs on Saturday alone.
New Yorkers over 16 can now enroll in coronavirus vaccinations – a major expansion of eligibility.
Adolescents between the ages of 16 and 17 will be limited to receiving the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, as it is the only vaccine that has been approved for use by people under the age of 18.
Parental consent will be required with certain exceptions, including for those who are married or are parents.
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None of the available vaccines have yet been approved for people under the age of 16.
About one in five New York State residents is now fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
California has announced that it will allow professional sports and other indoor events to resume from April 15.
Venues will be able to have live audiences with strict capacity limits.
Large private gatherings indoors will also be permitted.
More people will be allowed in if they show proof of vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test.
However, the pandemic has forced the White House to abandon its traditional Easter egg roll for a second year in a row.
The President and First Lady Jill Biden appeared on the White House balcony with an Easter bunny wearing a mask.
In brief remarks, Joe Biden said the virus had forced many Americans to forgo the “familiar comforts of the season,” but said he hoped the country would be able to revert to some of those traditions the next year.
At the same time, the CDC also changed its recommendations on daily school disinfection.
It updated its guidelines on Monday, indicating that disinfectant chemicals such as ammonia and bleach should only be used within 24 hours of the presence of an infected person.
Last summer, the agency recommended the daily use of strong disinfectant chemicals to prevent the spread of the virus in classrooms.
The updated guidelines apply to homes, schools, and other settings that are not hospitals or health care facilities.
On Monday, Mr Biden’s administration appointed a coordinator to lead US COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy around the world.
Gayle Smith, former coordinator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Obama administration, will now lead Global COVID Response & Health Security at the State Department.
Washington insists it has started exploring how to share more with other countries.
“I know many countries are calling on the United States to do more, some with growing desperation, due to the scale and scale of their COVID emergencies,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“We hear you, and I promise we are moving as fast as possible.”