Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 24: FDA Says Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Meets Requirements for Emergency Use Authorization

Global Case Figures Reach 113 Million, While 216 Vaccine Doses Have Been Administered

By Anna Breuer on 24 February 2021
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A little over one year after the coronavirus started appearing in cities other than Wuhan, it has sickened almost 113 million people across the globe. Over 2.49 million people have died from it, and 88 million have recovered although some will have lasting aftereffects including lung damage.

Meanwhile there were 71,802 new cases in the United States, a 37% 14-day change, and 2,328 new deaths, a 23% reduction averaged over the past 14 days.

Six percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated while 13% has received at least one dose of the vaccine.  Globally, over 216 million vaccine doses have been administered, a figure that averages out at 2.8 doses for every 100 people.  Israel continues to lead the world in inoculating its population, where 86.5 people per 100 members of the population have been inoculated.

The single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine offers a good defense against severe Covid-19 cases and appears to reduce the virus’ spread, new analyses reveal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could authorize the vaccine’s use as early as Saturday and said Wednesday that it meets the criteria for such action.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released two studies that found that a lack of mask use is a key factor in Covid-19 transmission at fitness centers in the country. In some facilities, those working out have been allowed to remove their masks while exercising, a practice that defies common sense.

The U.S.-Canadian border has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21, 2020 and the closure has now been extended until March 21, 2021

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