Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 8: U.S. Hits 75% Mark in Vaccinations

By Anna Breuer on 8 September 2021
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Flags at the base of the Washington Monument.

Three-quarters of all adults in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of late Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.  The country hit the 70% mark four weeks ago, four weeks past President Joseph Biden’s target of the Fourth of July.

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 222.95 million Covid-19 cases and almost 4.6 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 199.5 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 152,393, a 1% 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 1,499, a change of 34% over the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 41.2 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 33.1 million officially recorded cases and 441,503 deaths, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.56 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of 72 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 Wednesday, 207.6 million people in the United States – or 62.5% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 53.2%, or 176.7 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 374.5 million, which translates to  1.4 million shots having been dispensed on Tuesday. Breaking this down further, 75% of the population over the age of 18 – or 193.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 64.3% of the same group – or 165.9 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Austrian Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz unveiled a new five-point plan for addressing the pandemic in the Alpine country that will continue to focus on vaccinations.   Health officials will use ICU occupancy as a measure of the severity of the pandemic instead of the seven-day incidence.  Non-vaccinated individuals will be required to don FFP2 masks in stores and Kurz, speaking on an ORF news program, cited the success of Denmark in its vaccination rate.  “The more people get vaccinated, the easier it will be to vanquish the virus,” he said.

The former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that a “true Delta wave” has yet to hit the Northeast.  Scott Gottlieb warned that the highly-transmissible Covid-19 strain will spread greatly after Labor Day.

Finally, a judge in Ohio reversed a colleague’s decision on a Covid patient’s treatment using ivermectin.  At the end of August, the first judge ordered a local hospital to treat a patient with the drug, despite warnings from health officials that it shouldn’t be used as a treatment for Covid-19.  That order came as, in an unrelated case, a judge in Illinois barred such treatment for a patient.

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