The Biden administration will begin allocating doses of the vaccine out of states with low demand to those where demand remains high, an administration official said on Tuesday.
The vaccination rush has abated across much of the country, with some states refusing all or part of their weekly dose allocations. The federal government will now transfer some of these doses to areas where appointments remain difficult to obtain.
Governors were notified of the change by the White House on Tuesday. The official spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity ahead of the public announcement expected later today.
The United States is reporting first-dose vaccine injections 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 country said it administered around 471,000 first doses, the lowest number seen since Feb. 23 an ice storm devastated supplies.
More than 147 million Americans, or 44% of the American population, have received at least one dose. Herd immunity is estimated to require vaccination of 70% or more of the population. More than a quarter of all Americans say they don’t want the vaccine, polls show.
The good news: Some experts say it may not take ‘herd immunity’ to see a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases, that 30 to 40 million first injections could be enough in the United States to achieve a vaccine tipping point and contain the pandemic.
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 already having an impact on the pandemic.
Also in the news:
►President Joe Biden wants 70% of American adults to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, a target he is expected to announce on Tuesday, along with new measures to vaccinate more difficult populations to reach and preparations to vaccinate adolescents.
►Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican who tested positive in July, lifted the state’s COVID-19 emergency declaration as of Tuesday, citing data showing a drop in new cases and hospitalizations.
►The Indiana State Fair will return with some changes this summer, a year after the pandemic forced its cancellation, officials at the fair said on Tuesday.
►President Joe Biden will provide an update on the virus and the national immunization program today at 2:30 p.m. ET.
►Gov. Phil Murphy announced a “Shot and Beer” program allowing New Jerseyans who receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine this month a free beer at one of the state’s 13 craft breweries.
►South Korean officials have said that North Korea has told Asian football’s governing body that they will not be making the World Cup qualifiers due to take place in South Korea next month due to coronavirus problems.
📈 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.
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EU expects to receive enough vaccines for 70% of adults in July
A quarter of all EU residents have received a first dose as the 27-country bloc’s immunization effort gathers momentum after a slow and controversial start, said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, in a message posted on Twitter.
Struggles to secure strong commitments for vaccine procurement have left Europe far behind vaccination campaigns in the United States and Britain.
“Vaccination is gaining speed across the EU: we have just passed 150 million vaccinations,” vod der Leyen tweeted in several languages. “We will have enough doses to vaccinate 70% of adults in the EU by July.”
True “ collective immunity ” may not be necessary
It may not take true “herd immunity” to see a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases, some experts say.
While cases are increasing in some states, they are decreasing nationally. Perhaps more importantly, they drop rapidly in the highly vaccinated age groups.
Among Americans aged 65 and older, who are most vulnerable to the disease, two-thirds are fully immunized. They were 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people the same age who weren’t vaccinated, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed last week.
“When you’re about 50% (vaccinated), you put significant downward pressure on cases,” said Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and head of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
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– Elizabeth weise
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 cases daily, 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 topped 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 Senate bill of 2006, also makes DeSantis’ executive order that bans “vaccine passports”, declaring that 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 ages 12-15
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 U.S. 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.
– Karen Weintraub
Contributing: Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press.