More than 40% of Americans have been at least partially vaccinated, ranking the United States near the peak of vaccination rates, reports Our World In Data.
The richest countries in the world have collectively purchased 1 billion more doses than their citizens need, according to a study by the global advocacy group ONE. The rest of the world was only able to get 2.5 billion doses – not enough to immunize their populations.
Some are calling on the United States to share doses with other countries, such as India, which on Thursday reported a one-day world record of more than 314,000 new infections as a coronavirus outbreak in the second country on Thursday. world’s largest population critically overwhelms a fragile health system. running out of hospital beds and oxygen.
The Biden administration has announced that it will share excess doses of the coronavirus vaccine with Canada and Mexico.
Meanwhile, Michigan’s coronavirus case rate has started to decline, dropping 12.5% over the past week, suggesting the state’s third outbreak – the worst in the United States – could decrease.
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►California State University and University of California systems jointly announced Thursday that they will both require all students and staff returning for classes and campus activities to be fully immunized against COVID-19. The requirement, however, will not take effect until one or more of the vaccines have received full approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration.
►Data from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association shows the number of children hospitalized in the state with severe symptoms of COVID-19 increased by 70 this week. That’s twice as many as those hospitalized during the worst days of the wave that swept through the state in November, NBC reported.
►Colorado Governor Jared Polis says the state gave the first doses of coronavirus vaccines to at least half of the eligible population and must now target people who have been hesitant to get vaccinated or who have just moved from procrastinate.
►South Africa will resume administration of Johnson & Johnson injections to health workers next week.
►Las Vegas strip clubs that fell into obscurity when Governor Steve Sisolak ordered casinos, clubs and non-essential businesses to close over a year ago may reopen on May 1 at 80% and under strict social distancing guidelines.
► COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have fallen by more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them also appear to have fallen, dramatic proof that the vaccination campaign is working.
📈 The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 31.92 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 570,300 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 144.3 million cases and 3 million deaths. Nearly 282.1 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and nearly 218.9 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we read: As states expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to allow vaccines for 16 and 17 year olds, teens in rural America may struggle to obtain them. Learn more here.
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CDC investigates death of woman after J&J vaccine
Oregon health officials said Thursday that federal officials were investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a rare blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving Johnson’s vaccine. Johnson against COVID-19.
Federal officials were already reviewing six reports of unusual clots, including one death, in more than 8 million Americans who have so far received the one-dose vaccination.
The woman developed a “rare but serious blood clot in combination with very low platelets,” the Oregon Health Authority said in a statement.
Texas health officials also said the U.S. government reported that a Texas woman was hospitalized with possible blood clots associated with Johnson and Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine.
The Texas announcement quotes the FDA and CDC as saying the adult woman has “symptoms that appear to be consistent with these few other reported cases” of a rare blood clotting disorder developed after receiving the J&J vaccine. No other information is disclosed, due to patient privacy and confidentiality.
COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill to Combat Asian Americans Discrimination Passes Senate
The Senate passed with bipartisan support crushing a hate crimes bill to address a drastic increase in violence and discrimination against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 hate crimes law cleared the chamber in a 94-1 vote on Thursday. This would expedite the Department of Justice’s review of hate crimes and designate a Justice Department official to oversee the effort.
It would also task the department with coordinating with local law enforcement groups and community organizations to facilitate and raise awareness of hate crime reporting, including establishing an online hate crime reporting system in multiple languages. .
The legislation, which is now heading to the Democratic-led House, is one of the few bills to pass this Senate with the support of Republicans and Democrats. Many Democrats expected a legislative fight, but Republicans signaled early on their willingness to compromise on the legislation, and senators on both sides have been negotiating for weeks.
– Savannah Behrmann
Contribute: The Associated Press