Coronavirus News Update – July 25: U.S. ‘Going in the Wrong Direction,’ Says Fauci

By Paul Riegler on 25 July 2021
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, said that the United States is “going in the wrong direction” as the number of coronavirus cases continues to sharply rise.

“If you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases, … it is among the unvaccinated,“ Fauci said on a CNN news interview on Sunday. “And since we have 50% of the country is not fully vaccinated, that’s a problem.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded 194.6 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.17 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 176.6 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The United States added over 51,209 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 172% 14-day increase and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

In the United States, the death toll is now 626,713, an increase of 49 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 35.2 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31.4 million officially recorded cases and 420,758 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.83 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Sunday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion and the equivalent of over 50 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 187.9 million people in the United States – or 56.6% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 49%, or 162.7 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 341 million. Breaking this down further, 68.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 177.7 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 59.9% of the same group – or 154.7 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the excuse that Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene used for not answering the question whether she had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, namely having given the baffling reply that the question was a violation of her HIPAA rights, became fodder for late-night comedians on television including Seth Meyers. “That’s not a thing,” he said. “I doubt she even knows what HIPAA is or what it stands for. She probably doesn’t even know it’s an acronym,” he said.

The Biden Administration now believes that older Americans as well as those with compromised immune systems will probably require a third shot.  On Thursday, Dr. Amanda Cohn, the chief medical officer of the CDC’s Immunization Division, said the agency is investigating options for giving patients who have compromised immune systems third doses.

The European Medicines Agency, the European Union’s drug regulator, gave the green light to using the Moderna vaccine with teenagers 12 and older. Until now, the only vaccine authorized by U.S. and EU regulators for those ages 12 to 17 has been the Pfizer-BioNTech offering.

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