Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 24: CDC Chief Overrules Her Own Agency and Recommends Boosters for Workers at Risk

By Anna Breuer on 24 September 2021
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Washington Union Station, a major train station and transportation hub in the nation’s capital

The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overruled on Friday her own advisory panel’s recommendation and endorsed booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for frontline workers at risk for Covid.

At an earlier White House briefing on boosters, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, had said that offering booster shots to frontline workers at risk of disease would “best serve the nation’s public health needs.”

The move aligned the CDC’s policy with that of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 231.5 million Covid-19 cases and 4.75 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 208.2 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 126,760, a -14% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 2,036, a change of 29% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded over 43.5 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 702,978. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, over 33.59 million, and a death toll of 446,476, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year 6.06 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Friday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 79 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 Friday, 212.56 million people in the United States – or 64% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 55%, or 182.6 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 387.8 million. Breaking this down further, 76.7% of the population over the age of 18 – or 198.1 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 66.2% of the same group – or 170.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Finally, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known widely as the Mormon Church, said that it would require worshipers and other attendees to don masks inside temples in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“As cases of Covid-19 increase in many areas, we want to do everything possible to allow temples to remain open,” the church said in a statement. “Therefore, effective immediately, all temple patrons and workers are asked to wear face masks at all times while in the temple.”

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