Coronavirus News Update – March 30: Biden’s 90/90 Plan, EU May Achieve Herd Immunity by July

President Calls on Local Leaders to Continue Mask Mandates

By Anna Breuer on 30 March 2021
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Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson at bat at Citi Field in N.Y.

President Joseph Biden announced plans to have 90% of adult citizens in the country will be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by April 19, and aver a vaccination site within five miles of where they live by that date. “For the vast, vast majority of adults, you won’t have to wait until May 1,” he said. “You’ll be eligible for your shot on April 19.”  He also called on every governor and mayor to maintain – and in some cases reinstate – mask mandates in their jurisdictions.

As of early Tuesday morning, the world has recorded over 128 million Covid-19 cases since the first cases in December 2019 and it has seen 2.81 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service which tracks such information.  In addition, over 103 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered 564 million doses, the equivalent of 7.4 doses for every 100 people as of Tuesday morning, a 0.2 percentage point increase since Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of late Monday, over 95 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Over one-third of the population – some 36.7% of the population over the age of 18 – has received at least a first inoculation, including 52.5 million people, or 20.4% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 15.8% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.3 percentage point increase over Sunday.

Federal health researchers said that the coronavirus vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are proving to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic and asymptomatic infections under real-world conditions.  Their findings were consistent with clinical trial data and found that a two-dose regimen of either vaccine prevented 90% of infections within two weeks of the second job and that one dose prevented 80% of infections by two weeks after inoculation.

Despite significant delays in rolling out vaccines in the European Union, at least one politician believes the Continent will achieve herd immunity by mid-summer.  Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Tuesday in a statement that “[T]he vaccine supplies assured by the EU Commission for the next few months should be more than sufficient to achieve the [herd] immunity for the month of July throughout Europe.”

Apple employees will receive paid time off in order to get vaccinated, the company said Monday. Many large companies including American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are giving their workers similar incentives including extra vacation days for getting inoculated against the coronavirus.

A judge in New York ruled that the state must give all people currently held in the state’s jails and prisons access to coronavirus vaccine inoculations.  Justice Alison Tuitt of the State Supreme Court in the Bronx wrote in her ruling, which was released Monday, that individuals in prisons and jails had been arbitrarily left out of the state’s vaccine rollout and that doing so was “unfair and unjust” as well as an “abuse of discretion.”

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that he isn’t comfortable recommending a single dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, even with data showing that those receiving a single dose have 80% efficacy in fighting the coronavirus. “One caveat about that 805, we don’t know how long that lasts,” he told CNN on Monday.  “I would hesitate to say that one dose is enough.”

Officials at Major League Baseball, the organization that resulted from a 2000 merger of the National League and the American League, said that the league would relax certain coronavirus-related health and safety protocols if 85% of baseball teams have 85% of their Tier 1 players, coaches, and trainers vaccinated.

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