Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 18: U.S. to Offer Covid Vaccine Booster Shots Starting in September

By Anna Breuer on 18 August 2021
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The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, located in the rotunda of the Franklin Institute

Booster shots for the coronavirus will be available to older Americans, nursing home workers, and health care workers starting in late September, the Biden Administration said, after officials from several federal agencies said they are starting to see “evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate diseases” after six months.

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 209.6 million Covid-19 cases and 4.4 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 187.9 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 139,872, a 52% change and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 696, an increase of 87%.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 37.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 32.3 million officially recorded cases and 432,555 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 4.79 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 62 doses for every 100 people, which is virtually unchanged over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Wednesday, 198.9 million people in the United States – or 59.8% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 50.8%, or 168.9 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 357.3 million. Breaking this down further, 72.1% of the population over the age of 18 – or 186.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 61.8% of the same group – or 159.5 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, over 5,000 students enrolled in Hillsborough County Public Schools, a district in Tampa, as well as some 300 teachers were in isolation or quarantine after either testing positive or being in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

A pharmacist in Philadelphia faces decades in prison for reportedly selling vaccine cards on eBay.  Tangtang Zhao worked for an unnamed nationwide pharmacy chain whose stores gave vaccinations.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a staunch opponent of mask and vaccination mandates, said he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He is fully vaccinated and undergoing treatment.

Los Angeles County will require people to don face masks at large outdoor events.  The mandate is in effect for events that attract crowds of over 10,000 people, including concerts and sporting events.

Finally, Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, called getting vaccinated “an act of love” in a public-service announcement.

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