Coronavirus News Update – May 5: U.S. Sets Goal of 70% of Americans Getting at Least One Vaccine Dose by July 4

Indian Delegation at G7 Meeting in London

By Anna Breuer on 5 May 2021
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President Joseph Biden announced a new vaccination goal on Tuesday.  The new benchmark for the country to return to pre-pandemic life, the president said, would be once 70% of the population has had at least one inoculation.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded over 155.1 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.24 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 132.59 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 1.19 billion doses as of Tuesday morning, the equivalent of 16 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Monday, 147.89 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 56.4% of the population over the age of 18 – some 145.7 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 105.4 million people, or 40.8% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 32% of the population, or 106.16 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

India’s delegation to a meeting of Group of 7 foreign ministers in London self-isolated after possible exposure to confirmed Covid-19 cases, the country’s foreign minister said. The event is taking place to lay the groundwork for a gathering of Group of 7 leaders there in June.

Oregon is once again a coronavirus hotspot, leading the nation in cases for a second week.  While other states are lifting most restrictions, Oregon has restored them as Covid-19 cases rose. A statewide shutdown went into effect there this week.

Births went down during the first year of the pandemic. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics said that 2020 saw the lowest birth rate in over four decades.  Some 3.61 million babies were born last year, a level not seen since 1979.

Evan Yuan, the CEO of Zoom, admitted to having suffered Zoom fatigue. Yuan, speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit, which was held in a virtual fashion, noted that, after a year of using his company’s tool to conduct meetings, including a day when he had 19 Zoom meetings on his calendar, he had felt overwhelmed by it all.

Pfizer, which currently has emergency authorization for its coronavirus vaccine, said it would apply for full U.S. approval with its partner, German drugmaker BioNTech.  Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the application, Pfizer would be in a position to ship its vaccine directly to patients.

Health officials in Austria said they will purchase 42 million doses of vaccine for the next two years.  The majority of the purchase will be from Pfizer-BioNTech but the Alpine nation will also purchase three million doses from Moderna and four million from Johnson & Johnson.

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