Coronavirus News Update – August 9: 50% of U.S. Population Now Fully Vaccinated

By Anna Breuer on 9 August 2021
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The United States hit over the weekend the 50% mark in fully-vaccinated status for the entire population. The milestone comes shortly after the country hit the 70% goal set by President Joseph Biden for adults to have had at least one shot of vaccine.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 203.6 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.3 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 182.9 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 110,360, a 112% change and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

In the United States, the death toll is now 633,120, an increase of 125 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 36.5 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31.9 million officially recorded cases and 428,504 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 4.46 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Monday morning, an increase of 0.06 billion and the equivalent of 58 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 Monday, 194.9 million people in the United States – or 58.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 50.1%, or 166.5 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 351.4 million. Breaking this down further, 71% of the population over the age of 18 – or 183.3 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 61.1% of the same group – or 157.8 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Dick Farrel, a right-wing radio host and anti-vaxer, died of the coronavirus on August 4.  He was a strong critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci but reportedly changed his opinion after falling ill.

Norwegian Cruise Line can require proof of vaccination, a federal judge ruled.  The cruise operator had challenged a Florida law that barred businesses from requiring customers to document their status.

Finally, France expanded its pass sanitaire, or health pass, requiring it for people to visit restaurants, hospitals, and take long train trips.  Still, there was a backlash by some who argue it infringes on their civil liberties.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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