The United States has reported that 30% of adults are fully vaccinated and nearly 50% of the American adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But herd immunity could require the number of fully vaccinated adults to reach 85%, according to Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist.
With cases also on the rise, the more contagious variants account for about half of all infections in the country, which led the White House’s COVID-19 advisory committee on Friday to highlight the need for more people to come forward. vaccinate.
Also in the news:
► Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has said COVID-19 vaccines will be available at major state airports starting June 1. He made the announcement on Friday, as he unveiled plans to bolster the pandemic-stricken Alaska tourism industry.
► American Indian tribes and native Alaskan communities are receiving more than $ 4 billion in coronavirus relief legislation from President Joe Biden, the White House said on Friday. The money will help solve a range of problems, including vaccinating more people, improving testing and contact tracing, and reimbursing tribal health systems for lost income during the process. stopping the coronavirus.
► Michigan extended a pandemic order for five weeks on Friday that requires masks in public, limits business capacity and caps sizes, as the state continues to face the highest daily rate of coronavirus infection in the world. country.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 31.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 566,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 140 million cases and 3 million deaths. More than 258.5 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 202.2 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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The death toll from coronavirus exceeds 3 million people worldwide
The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 3 million people on Saturday. The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.
And the actual number is believed to be considerably higher due to possible government cover-up and the many overlooked cases in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019.
The world crossed the grim threshold of 2 million deaths in January, as vaccination campaigns had just started in Europe and the United States. Today, they are underway in more than 190 countries.
White House Tackles COVID Variants With $ 1.7 Billion Raise For Genomic Sequencing
The White House on Friday announced plans to help states detect and curb the spread of emerging variants of COVID-19 by investing $ 1.7 billion in genomic sequencing, or the process of mapping the genetic code of ‘a virus.
The funding, which comes from President Joe Biden’s nearly $ 2 trillion COVID-19 relief program, will be allocated through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help states and other jurisdictions monitor COVID strains -19 potentially more contagious, including variants resulting in another outbreak. in Michigan.
– Courtney Subramanian
A gymnastics instructor is one of the women who developed blood clots after the J&J vaccine, according to the company
One of six women who developed an extremely rare blood clotting disorder after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is a 26-year-old gymnastics instructor from the New Jersey-Pennsylvania area, the company said on Wednesday. pharmaceuticals to a federal advisory committee.
Described as “overweight, but active,” the woman spent a week to 10 days in hospital before being discharged with a prescription for blood thinning medication, said Dr Aran Maree, chief medical officer of Janssen pharmaceutical companies. by Johnson & Johnson. the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
The woman went to the emergency room about a week after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Maree said. Neither she nor the hospital has been identified. She was given Benadryl and the pain reliever paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, and sent home.
Later, diagnostic tests showed she had several blood clots in the major blood vessels in her brain, abdomen and lungs, he said.
– Lindy Washburn, NorthJersey.com
Contributing: Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press