Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 18: In ‘Major Milestone,’ New York City Hits 80% Vaccination Rate Among Adults

By Paul Riegler on 18 September 2021
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Three of New York’s finest on a deserted Park Avenue in the middle of the day in the spring of 2020

More than 80% of adults in New York City have received at least one coronavirus dose of coronavirus vaccine, officials there said.  Figures from the city’s Department of Health reveal that 5.3 million of the 6.6 million individuals 18 years of age or older across the five boroughs have been jabbed.  The Big Apple and its suburbs are now the most vaccinated major metropolitan area in the country. Mayor Bill de Blasio termed this “a major milestone,” adding that “this is how we end the Covid era.”

As of Saturday morning, the world has recorded 228.5 million Covid-19 cases and 4.69 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 205.2 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 148,816, a -9% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,992, a change of 28% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 42.8 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 690,715. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.42 million, and a death toll of 444,563, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.85 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 76 doses for every 100 people, a quarter-dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Saturday, 211.1 million people in the United States – or 63.6% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 54.4%, or 180.6 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 383.9 million. Breaking this down further, 76.2% of the population over the age of 18 – or 196.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 65.5% of the same group – or 169.2 million people – is fully vaccinated.

A panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted against authorizing a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for all adults but did come out in favor of one for individuals 65 years of age and older as well as for anyone at risk of severe illness, including through workplace exposure. The recommendation is not binding.  Meanwhile, a final decision about booster shots from the FDA is expected by next week, and an advisory committee for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is slated to meet next week to make its recommendations.

A couple known on YouTube as the Alabama Pickers, whose videos highlighted online resale tips and vaccine denial, are both dead from the coronavirus. In one of the couple’s final videos, entitled “We Are Alive and Still Reselling on eBay,” the couple discussed why they would never get jabbed.  “I’ve got my own passport,” one partner, Dusty, said.  “It’s called the ‘Bill of Rights.’ I think this will be all behind us in a couple of years.”

A Louisville, Kentucky judge denied Angela Underwood’s request to have her Covid-infected husband treated with ivermectin, a medication used to treat parasitic diseases primarily in livestock and other animals.  The judge’s decision echoes two other recent ones that said a hospital or doctor could not be compelled to administer the drug, which has been touted as a treatment for the coronavirus.

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