Monday, President Joe Biden mentioned that 90% of American adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by April 19, and vaccination websites would be inside 5 miles of a person’s house.
Biden’s new timeline beats his earlier May 1 purpose for nationwide eligibility by almost two weeks. The remaining 10% of the inhabitants would be eligible by that point, he mentioned.
“More vaccines, more sites, more vaccinators, all designed to speed our critical work,” said Biden, who also announced that the federal government would distribute a record 33 million vaccine doses this week.
The president’s remarks came hours after a top public health official described a “recurring feeling I’ve of impending doom” as infections once again are on the rise in a country that leads the world with more than 30 million coronavirus cases.
The Biden administration is racing against the spread of virus variants that may fuel another surge in cases, especially with states loosening restrictions that helped limit transmission but also hurt the economy.
Biden urged governors who’ve lifted masks mandates to reinstate them, and he warned Americans that the battle against the virus is not over and will truly reverse course, so they should stay vigilant and cling to security measures.
“If we let our guard down now,” he mentioned, “we could see a virus getting worse, not better.”
Earlier Monday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky mentioned at a White House briefing that day by day infections are up 10% from per week in the past. Hospitalizations are as soon as once more on the rise, she mentioned, and deaths, a lagging indicator, averaged almost 1,000 per day final week after 4 consecutive days beneath 850.
Walensky additionally expressed concern about growing journey, saying Americans should limit trips to essential occasions, and a basic easing in pandemic restrictions throughout the nation.
“Right now I’m scared,” a shaken Walensky mentioned. “When we see that uptick in cases what we have seen before is that things really have a tendency to surge and to surge big. I just worry that we will see the surges that we saw over the summer and the winter again.”
There was different excellent news on the vaccine entrance: The double-shot vaccines sweeping throughout the nation reduce the risk of infection by 80% after just a single dose two or extra weeks after vaccination, in keeping with a research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Also in the news:
►More than 550,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus epidemic, Johns Hopkins University data shows. 1 of every 600 Americans is dead.
►The Maryland-based biotech company Novavax has reached a deal with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and the British government to produce up to 60 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the U.K., where it would also be distributed. The Novavax vaccine has not been authorized for public use but has shown promising results in clinical trials.
►Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is quarantining for a second time after being uncovered to somebody who examined optimistic for the coronavirus. Kemp, who was vaccinated Friday however will not be thought-about immune but, additionally needed to quarantine in late October.
►Moderna said Monday that it has shipped the 100-millionth dose of its COVID-19 vaccine to the federal government. More than 67 million doses of its vaccine have been administered in the U.S., according to the CDC.
►Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane, has entered a three-day lockdown after the coronavirus was found spreading in the community.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 30.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 549,900 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 127.5 million cases and 2.79 million deaths. More than 180.6 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 145.8 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: How this small city of 16,000 close to the U.S.-Canada border has given out 50,000 vaccines.
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The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are highly effective against COVID in a real-life setting even with only one shot, a CDC study finds. The vaccines reduce the risk of infection by 80% from a single dose two or more weeks after vaccination, and 90% following a second dose, according to a CDC study released Monday. The agency looked at the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines among nearly 4,000 health care personnel, first responders and other essential workers in six states from Dec. 14, 2020, to March 13, 2021.
“This study shows that our national vaccination efforts are working,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “These findings should offer hope to millions of Americans receiving COVID-19 vaccines each day and to those who will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated in the weeks ahead.”
– Adrianna Rodriguez
New York joins list of states expanding eligibility, but some lag in vaccination rate
In saying expanded vaccine eligibility nationwide Monday, President Joe Biden lauded governors for taking related steps of their states. New York joined the listing with information that all residents 30 and older would be allowed to get vaccinated starting Tuesday, and people 16 and older on April 6.
Ten states are opening eligibility to all adults this week, and overall, 46 states and the District of Columbia have pledged to meet Biden’s initial goal of having all adults eligible by May 1. According to Biden, vaccine distribution will increase to a new high of 33 million this week.
But of the 28 states that have either opened up eligibility to all or will do so in the next two weeks, 17 have below-average adult vaccination rates, according to figures available Sunday from the CDC.
“Where you are in line kind of depends on where you live,” mentioned Jennifer Tolbert, director of state well being reform on the Kaiser Family Foundation. “There does not seem to be a consistent rationale.” Read more here.
Travelers don’t need a COVID-19 test to fly to Mexico, but they can’t board a flight back to the U.S. from any international destination without showing a negative test taken no more than three days before departure or proof of recovery from COVID. Travelers who have been stuck say they were told they faced 10 to 14 days in isolation.
When the requirement was announced Jan. 12, travelers rushed to cancel plans or shift their vacation plans to U.S. vacation spots that don’t require COVID tests. But the bookings rebounded as some hotels announced free testing and a free quarantine stay if they tested positive.
Korey Mudd’s positive test extended the honeymoon with his wife, Alisha, in Mexico for nine nights longer than planned.
“Ultimately, we had pushed it off so many instances already, we determined we have been going to go forward and go for it,” he mentioned. “It would have been better just to stay home.” (*19*)
– Dawn Gilbertson
Florida, which was already the nation’s hardest-hit state for two varieties of coronavirus variants, greater than doubled its tally of variants in a report launched Sunday by the CDC. Florida had reported 1,075 variant instances by way of Thursday. Sunday’s report added one other 1,255, bringing the state to 2,330.
The U.S. as an entire reported one other 2,303 variant instances Sunday, greater than double the worst improve ever seen within the thrice-weekly CDC updates. The earlier document was set on Tuesday.
That brings the nation to 10,985 identified coronavirus variants, a tally that greater than doubled within the final two weeks as new coronavirus instances total within the U.S. stopped their prolonged decline.
Most of the variant instances in Florida and the U.S. total are of B.1.1.7, which was first seen within the United Kingdom, spreads extra simply and should be extra more likely to kill its victims. But Florida additionally almost doubled its case depend of P.1, a variant first seen in Brazil, including one other 19 instances to achieve 42.
– Mike Stucka
Contributing: The Associated Press