The United States is reporting first-dose vaccine administrations at less than half the rate of just a few weeks ago, according to a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data.
The United States reported administering 6.54 million first doses in the week ending Monday, down sharply from the 14 million reported in the week ending April 13. As of Monday alone, the United States said it administered about 471,000 first doses, the lowest number since February 23. when an ice storm had rumbled supplies.
More than 147 million Americans, or 56.3% of the adult population, have received at least one dose. However, about a quarter of Americans say they may not want the vaccine at all, polls show.
New Hampshire, which leads the country in first doses given, said it gave 141,431 first-dose injections three weeks ago and, in the last week, 17,842. South Dakota reported 30 347 first dose injections three weeks ago and this week only 6,621. Wyoming reported giving 12,098 first dose injections three weeks ago and this week 2,844.
Hawaii is the only state to report an increase in the number of first-dose vaccinations.
On the upside, the United States is now averaging less than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus per day, a level not seen since early October and a sign that the vaccination program is having an impact on the pandemic.
– Mike stucka
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►South Korean officials have said that North Korea has told Asian football’s governing body that it will not make the World Cup qualifiers due in South Korea next month due to coronavirus problems.
►Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is closing the board responsible for licensing retirement home directors after an investigation by The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, revealed that its members approved a criminal who forced employees to work while sick with COVID 19. More than 50 residents of Granite Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center have been infected with the disease and at least 15 have died.
►The under-50s account for the bulk of COVID-related hospitalizations in the country with around 35%, as a disease that initially ravaged the upper ranks falls victim to other unprotected adults.
►The Transportation Security Administration reported that nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday, the highest number since mid-March last year.
📈 Numbers of the day: The United States has more than 32.47 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 577,500 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 153.18 million cases and 3.2 million deaths. More than 312.5 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 246.7 million have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 105.5 million Americans have been fully immunized.
📘 What we read: The United States is approaching a vaccine tipping point: A dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases could occur without herd immunity, some experts say. Read about it here.
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India travel restrictions take effect today
The United States will restrict travel from India from Tuesday following a deadly coronavirus outbreak that broke records and left the country desperate. India has become the first in the world to report more than 400,000 daily cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as the outbreak threatens global efforts to mitigate the pandemic and return to pre-COVID life.
The official number of coronavirus cases in the country surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, almost doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially surpassed 220,000. As staggering as these numbers are, the real numbers would be much higher , the undercoverage apparently reflecting the problems of the health system. Here is what we know.
As the crisis in India grew more urgent last week, the White House said the United States could share up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine once it receives federal approval in the coming months. And the US Agency for International Development has started sending emergency supplies to the country, including oxygen cylinders, rapid diagnostic tests and 100,000 N95 masks to help India protect its health workers. frontline.
Florida Governor DeSantis Invalidates Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended local COVID-19 emergency orders on Monday and signed a proposal approved by lawmakers last week that limits the government’s ability to impose mask and mask requirements. other social distancing measures used to fight the coronavirus last year. The measure, the 2006 Senate Bill, also makes DeSantis’ executive order that bans “vaccine passports”, saying there is no need “to monitor people at this stage.”
“I think if you say you really say you don’t believe in vaccines, that you don’t believe in data, you don’t believe in science,” DeSantis said at a bill signing ceremony in St. Petersburg. , Florida.
– James Call
FDA to use OK Pfizer vaccine for teens 12-15 years old
The Food and Drug Administration will soon authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15, who may be eligible to receive the vaccines as early as next week.
The much-anticipated move, which is expected to be backed by the CDC, would allow most middle and high school students to get vaccinated before summer camps and the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
The current age requirement for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 16, and 18 for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. These two companies are also testing their vaccines on children under the age of 18.
In addition to appeasing parents keen to get their teens vaccinated against the coronavirus, the FDA clearance would expand the pool of Americans eligible to be vaccinated at a time when the US vaccination campaign begins to decline in the face of the hesitation and the categorical refusal of some people.
In a recent trial, Pfizer-BioNTech showed 2,260 adolescents aged 12 to 15 that its two-dose vaccine was extremely safe and fully effective. Of the 16 adolescents infected with COVID-19 in the trial, all had received the placebo, none the active vaccine.
Contributor: The Associated Press.