Coronavirus News Update – April 19: One Quarter of Americans Fully Vaccinated Against Coronavirus, says CDC

By Jesse Sokolow on 19 April 2021
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The Western Wall, or Kotel, the only remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that over a quarter of the American population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The news comes as the national average for daily new cases remains over 60,000 during the past 30 days.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded over 142.1 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.03 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.  In addition, over 120.6 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 905 million doses, the equivalent of 12 doses for every 100 people as of Monday morning, up from 11 doses on Saturday.

The CDC said that as of Monday, over 131.2 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 50.4% of the population over the age of 18 – over 129.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including over 83.9 million people, or 32.5% of the same population, more than a quarter of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 25.4% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

As of Monday, every adult in the United States of America is now eligible to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. This includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The country is averaging 3.2 million shots a day.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said Monday that a decision will be made on Friday regarding the country’s resumption of administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The United States halted its use of the vaccine earlier this month following reports of rare instances of blood clots possibly caused by the shot.

Israel removed its national outdoor mask mandate on Sunday, while schools also reopened fully for the first time in nearly eight months. The news comes shortly after the country reached a milestone in vaccinations, over 50% of the population has been inoculated.  While masks are no longer required outdoors, Israelis are still required to wear masks when indoors not at home.

New daily coronavirus cases in Colorado are the highest since January, leading officials to warn of a possible fourth wave. In the past two weeks, the average daily new case count is 1,661, while hospitalizations are up 19%.

Chilean authorities released the results of a study that found that the Chinese-made vaccine, developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd., is proving to be ineffective against the coronavirus. The study, released on Friday, shows that the Chinese vaccine was only 16% effective in 10.5 million Chilean adults who received the first dose, and 67% effective after a second dose.  This is far lower than the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, which has been found in studies to be 85% effective in preventing symptomatic disease 15 to 28 days after given, and 91.5% effective after the second dose, according to a peer-reviewed study of 9,000 people in Israel.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.

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