Coronavirus News Update – July 26: 60% of U.S. Adults Now Vaccinated, New Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations

By Anna Breuer on 26 July 2021
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As of Sunday, 60% of the U.S. population over the age of 18 is fully vaccinated.  The news comes as municipalities and businesses have started to announce policies that require employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.  New York City will require some 340,000 municipal workers to get the jab by mid September as the Big Apple faces a third wave of the coronavirus, one driven by the highly transmissible India, or Delta, variant.

Groups and associations representing millions of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, and other such workers called for mandatory vaccinations of all health-care workers. The statement, which was signed by 57 medical groups including the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, called for “all health care and long-term care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against covid-19,” saying that “The health and safety of U.S. workers, families, communities, and the nation depends on it.”

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 195 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.2 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 176.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 51,939, a 170% 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 626,768, an increase of 50 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 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 420,996 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 3.88 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Monday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion and the equivalent of over 51 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 Monday, 188.5 million people in the United States – or 56.8% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 49.1%, or 163 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 341.8 million. Breaking this down further, 69% of the population over the age of 18 – or 178.1 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 60% of the same group – or 154.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the number of new cases in Tokyo, where the 2020 Olympics is being held, has increased 105% over the past week. On Monday, officials at the Games announced 16 new cases.  Over 153 people affiliated with the Games, including 19 athletes, have testing positive including Finn Florijin of the Netherlands, who made his Olympic debut on Friday.  His mandatory ten-day quarantine will cut short his participation in the Games.

Finally, the U.S. coronavirus recession lasted just two months, the National Bureau of Economic Research said last week.  The end of the period of economic contraction came in April 2020, and was the shortest on record.  The recession ended what had been the country’s largest period of economic expansion, which began in June 2029 and lasted for 129 months.

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