Coronavirus News Update – April 6: All American Adults to Be Eligible for Vaccine By Mid-April

By Jesse Sokolow on 6 April 2021
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Visitors social distancing at Walt Disney World last week

President Biden is expected to announce on Tuesday that all adults in the country will be eligible for the vaccine by April 19, nearly two weeks early than his previously announced deadline of May 1. The United States has currently administered over 165 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the most of any country in the world.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has seen 132.57 million Covid-19 cases and almost 2.9 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.  In addition, 106.9 million people worldwide who contracted the virus have since recovered.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered over 665 million doses, the equivalent of 8.7 doses for every 100 people as of Tuesday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 107.5 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 40.2% of the population over the age of 18 – more than 103.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 59.9 million people, or 23.2% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 18.8% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.3 percentage point increase over Monday’s numbers.

Despite the promising progress of vaccine distribution, President Joe Biden on Monday urged governors and mayors to put back into place the mask mandates, as Dr. Rachel Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, warned of a fourth surge of the pandemic. Dr. Walensky used the words “impending doom” in issuing her call, as the daily average per week for national cases as of Easter Sunday was approximately 63,000, a sharp increase from two weeks ago, when the number was 54,000 per day.

Puerto Rico announced a $100 fine for any tourists caught not wearing masks. Tourism has been on the rise on the island since the uptick in vaccinations in Americans, many of whom who travel to the island and refuse to wear masks, despite local regulations requiring them to.

Some colleges in the United States have said that they will make it a requirement for students who wish to return to campuses in the fall to have had Covid vaccinations, once all adults are eligible,. At least six schools, including Cornell University, Rutgers University, Fort Lewis College, Nova Southeastern University, St. Edward’s University, and Roger Williams University have already announced such a mandate.

Hong Kong, known for having some of the strictest Covid travel regulations in the world, said that it would allow residents who are currently stranded in Britain to return to the territory beginning in the second half of this month. The territory also said that it would begin allowing travelers from what it called “low-risk” countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, to begin crossing its borders, and that they would have less strict quarantine policies. However, Hong Kong will keep its borders closed to travelers from all other countries.

In Texas, an eight-year-old child was accidentally administered the Covid vaccine after his father registered him online. The minimum age for individuals to receive the vaccine in the Lone Star State is 16, and pediatricians have warned that there have not been enough trials or data to known if the vaccine is safe to administer to children under the age of 12, or if it would even be effective.

A man was arrested at Disney Springs in Florida after refusing to allow  his temperature to be taken there. Kelly Sills told law enforcement officers as seen on body camera video that he couldn’t be asked to leave because he had spent $15,000 on his vacation. He was taken into custody after refusing to vacate the premises, even after  officers told him that he was then officially trespassing.

Anna Breuer contributed to this story.

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