Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 11: Unvaccinated Americans Are 11 Times More Likely to Die of Covid, Says CDC

By Paul Riegler on 11 September 2021
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A vaccination site in New York City

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a series of studies that, when viewed together, showed that individuals who were not fully vaccinated were 4.5 times more likely than vaccinated people to become infected with the coronavirus, ten times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die from the coronavirus.

“What I want to reiterate here is it’s still well over 90% of people who are in the hospital who are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky at a White House Covid briefing on Friday.

“We still have more than 10 times the number of people in the hospital who are unvaccinated, compared to vaccinated,” she added.

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded 224.8 million Covid-19 cases and 4.63 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 201.4 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 145,666, a -7% 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 1,642, a change of 29% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 41.7 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 33.2 million officially recorded cases and 442,365deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.64 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Saturday morning, an increase of 0.04 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 73 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, 208.7 million people in the United States – or 62.9% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 53.6%, or 177.7 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 378.6 million. Breaking this down further, 75.4% of the population over the age of 18 – or 194.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 64.7% of the same group – or 166.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

In New York, public school students 12 and older will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they wish to take part in extracurricular activities such as chorus, dance, and band, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

“We’re talking about performing arts, where folks are close together, close contact, lots of exhaling,” Hizzoner said on WNYC´s “The Brian Lehrer Show.” “I want young people to enjoy these activities but I want to do it safely.”

Finally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents not to have their children under 12 vaccinated against the coronavirus.  The doses in use with current vaccines may not be a safe or effective dose for young children, the agency emphasized.  It said it is “working around the clock” to make the appropriate doses of vaccine available, however.

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