At least 100 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a major milestone in the harrowing battle against the pandemic, White House officials said Friday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the daily average of COVID-19 deaths in the US fell to a low of 628 this year on Thursday.
4,838 Americans have died from coronavirus in the past seven days. It’s still a staggering number, but less than a quarter as many deaths as in the US each week in January and February.
According to CDC data, this is the lowest daily average of deaths since July 2020.
Cases are also falling, with the seven-day moving average dropping to 51,228, the least since Oct.15.
Although only 30 percent of the US population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there is now no denying that the shots are starting to take effect.
“We are treating the fight against the virus like the war it is,” said Jeff Zients, White House Covid Response Coordinator, during the news conference on Friday.
He commended the US vaccination efforts for exceeding President Biden’s “ambitious target” of 200 million firearms in his first 100 days in office, but it has long been clear that in the US he was well on its way, at least so to give many doses.
But the rate of daily vaccinations has been going down over the past week. The US now dispenses 2.6 million doses a day, up from three million – and threatens to halt the fight to fight the pandemic, especially as variants spread across the US
“If we can continue at this pace, with case rates dropping, vaccinations going up, then I think July 1st would be a sensible target,” to fully reopen the US, said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during the briefing on Friday.
At least 100 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a major milestone in the harrowing battle against the pandemic, White House officials said Friday
“We are treating the fight against the virus like the war it is,” said Jeff Zients (center), White House Covid Response Coordinator, during the press conference on Friday
A week ago, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can now be safely outside, except in crowds, without masks.
But Dr. Walensky said the agency is not yet ready to take the next steps to get “normal” back.
“This virus set us up once before,” she warned.
“So I would like to see how it goes before I make any further estimates of what will happen in a few months.”
CDC officials have spoken with caution, and will continue to do so if the U.S. response gains a more decisive advantage over the virus.
“For example, if you look at populations that have been heavily vaccinated, such as nursing home residents, you’ll find that nursing home deaths have decreased and the overall death rate has decreased over time,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja of Johns Hopkins Health Security Center told CNN.
It really depends on how many of the high risk people have been vaccinated and that is becoming more and more apparent. ‘
While most young people haven’t been vaccinated, nearly all health care workers who want the shot and the vast majority of seniors in the US are now vaccinated.
More than 68 percent of Americans 65 and older are now fully vaccinated, and 82 percent have had at least one dose.
High protection rates among these particularly high-risk groups are helping to bring the total number of hospital stays down after a brief spike earlier this month.
The U.S. is currently admitting 5,057 new hospitals for COVID-19 every day.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, that’s a nearly 70 percent decrease from more than 5,600 average new admissions per week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the daily average of COVID-19 deaths in the US fell to a low of 628 for this year on Thursday.
Cases are also falling, with the seven-day moving average dropping to 51,228, the least since Oct.15
While experts increasingly believe that coronavirus, which emerged in China in late 2019 – from the US or the world – will never completely go away, hospitalizations and declining deaths are promising signs that COVID-19 will not overwhelm healthcare systems again.
White House officials announced Friday that the US had exceeded President Biden’s target by 20 million and had shot 220 million shots in the arms by his 100th day in office.
Federal officials have so far shipped more than 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide.
The US expects to have enough doses for every American adult by the end of next month.
With 100 million adults vaccinated, the US is fast approaching a likely turning point in the pandemic: 40 percent of people will be vaccinated.
Dr. Anthony Fauci finally gives the Americans good news. America’s leading infectious disease doctor predicts a “real change, the beginning of a steep decline” in new daily COVID-19 infections after US adults vaccinated against the virus reach nearly 40 percent.
“If you do that, people will be able to do the things they long for,” said Dr. Fauci in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
As of Friday, 38.8 percent of Americans had at least one dose, including 55 percent of adults 18 and older.
Data from around the world shows that once 40 percent of the population is covered in vaccines, daily cases drop dramatically, according to a Bloomberg analysis. The pattern has emerged in San Marino, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel.
In the US, there are early signs that vaccinations are turning the tide. After weeks of hovering around 70,000 cases per day, the US is now seeing an average of 51,000 new infections per day – a decrease of more than 16 percent from two weeks earlier.
However, declining daily shots threaten to reverse that trend, and some states still have alarmingly high rates of new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths – especially those where a high proportion of cases are caused by more contagious and dangerous variants.