Coronavirus News Update – July 2: U.S. Won’t Reach President’s 4th of July Goal, But 20 States Already Have

By Anna Breuer on 2 July 2021
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A nurse at a N.Y.C. vaccine center waits for a patient

The United States won’t reach the goal set by President Joseph Biden of having 70% of American citizens at least partially inoculated against the coronavirus but 20 states have already hit that goal.   The national figure on the Fourth of July will likely be either 67% or 68% and the president’s goal will be reached a few days later.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded over 183.5 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.98 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 168 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll, which two weeks ago crossed the 600,000 mark, is now 620,330, an increase of 80 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 34.54 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 30.4 million officially recorded cases and 399,475 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.13 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Friday morning, and increase of 0.05 billion and the equivalent of 41 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Friday, 181.3 million people in the United States – or 54.6% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 47%, or 155.8 million people, are fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 328.2 million. Breaking this down further, 66.7% of the population over the age of 18 – or 172.3 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 57.7% of the same group – or 149.1 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Kattan was told to leave an American Airlines flight after repeatedly refusing to properly wear his face mask earlier in the week. The entertainer was reportedly suffering from a cold, the Daily Mail said, and had mucous dripping from his nose.  Other passengers complained about how his mask was not properly covering his nose and mouth.

Meanwhile, a Texas congressman, Chip Roy, who has been an outspoken critic of mask mandates, was seen for at least a portion of a flight on Southwest Airlines not wearing a mask.  The flight crew reportedly did not confront the lawmaker.

Johnson & Johnson reported Thursday that its Jannsen vaccine is effective against the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant of the coronavirus, even eight months after inoculation.  The study shows a small drop in efficacy against the variant when compared with the original virus but it was more effective against the Delta variant than against the variant first identified in South Africa, a pattern also found in messenger RNA vaccines such as those from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.

Finally, as the Delta variant continues to surge in numerous countries, governments are reinstating restrictions in some cases weeks after they were lifted.  Portugal will reimpose curfews in Lisbon starting Friday. The curfew will be in effect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time and will also be imposed in Porto and other popular tourist destinations.

Paul Riegler contributed reporting to this story.

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