US Says It Stings 82 Million People, World Leader | News on the coronavirus pandemic
But coronavirus rates have leveled off over the past week, raising concerns over a further rise in cases and deaths.
The United States has administered 82 million vaccines against the coronavirus, White House officials said Friday, more than any other country in the world.
At a Coronavirus Task Force press conference, health officials said 55% of Americans aged 65 and over had now received at least one vaccine, up from 8% just six years ago. weeks.
“In total, we have administered over 82 million shots, more than any country in the world,” said Andy Slavitt, senior White House adviser for the COVID-19 response team.
But the United States has also suffered more deaths than any other country in the world – more than 518,000 Americans have lost their lives to the disease.
US President Joe Biden, who took office in January, has vowed to make fighting the pandemic a top priority for his administration and has set a goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans by early May – to coincide with his 100 days in power. He said the country is on track to achieve this goal.
Officials say 450 vaccination sites have been set up across the country, which has accelerated the effort and that they plan to open more sites as vaccine stocks increase in the coming weeks.
In an effort to further stimulate the campaign, last week the United States urgently approved the use of a third vaccine produced by drugmaker Johnson & Johnson. Biden also announced that the United States will manufacture the J&J vaccine, a vaccine that requires only one dose, further accelerating the effort.
But even with the vaccination campaign well underway, officials said death and infection rates had leveled off in recent days, indicating the country could be at risk of having another. ascend.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky said over the past week that there have been 60,000 to 70,000 new cases of coronavirus daily and 1,900 Americans are dying each day.
“The current figures remain concerning,” Walensky said, “the cases and deaths are still too high, and have now peaked for more than a week.”
Amid the rapid spread of new variants, which have been detected in 48 US states, she urged Americans to “double down” to protective measures of wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and frequent hand washing.
“I know the idea of relaxing wearing a mask and going back to your daily activities is appealing,” she said, “but we’re not there yet.”
Several states have announced in recent days the easing of coronavirus restrictions on businesses and have lifted statewide mandates to wear masks. Health officials responded with concern and urged Americans must continue to wear masks and follow precautions set by federal guidelines.
Biden struck down the decisions of state governors on Thursday, calling it a “big mistake” and “the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking.”
Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease doctor, said the current figures were an indication of a likely fourth increase in cases.
“When you have that much viral activity in a plateau, it almost invariably means you’re at risk for another spike,” he said.
During Friday’s briefing, officials also announced that the CDC is working on issuing guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated, indicating what activities they may or may not resume.