Coronavirus News Update – April 22: U.S. Surpasses 200 Million Shots 92 Days Into Biden’s Presidency

Germany Enacts New ‘Emergency Break’ Lockdown Law

By Jesse Sokolow on 22 April 2021
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President Joseph Biden has now reached his goal of administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office. At just 92 days into the new administration, the United States has administered over 215.9 million doses, well surpassing the goal. The president had originally set a timetable for having 100 million shots in his first 100 days, but upped the numbers after reaching that goal in just 58 days.

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded over 144.5 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.07 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 122.77 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 950 million doses, the equivalent of nearly 12.02 doses for every 100 people as of Thursday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Thursday, over 134.4 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 51.5% of the population over the age of 18 – some 133 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 87.2 million people, or 33.8% of the same population, a third of all adults in the country, who have received both doses. Overall, 26.4% of the population, or 87.5 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Despite these figures, the United States has seen a significant drop in the number of vaccines administered in the past week. Although approximately 3 million Americans are receiving a shot each day, this is an 11% decrease in the seven-day average, and demand has become so low that some states have started shutting down mass vaccination sites.

Pfizer said it had identified the first verified counterfeit versions of its vaccine. The company tested vials seized in both Poland and Mexico and confirmed that the contents were not its vaccine. In Mexico, around 80 people were injected with the fake vaccine, and, although they have not appeared to be harmed by it, they reportedly paid approximately $1,000 a dose for the privilege.

With 40.3 new cases a day per 100,000 people, California now has lowest new daily case average in the continental United States. At 39.1 per 100,000 people, Hawaii has the lowest, although both states are well below the nationwide average of 135.3 per 100,000 people. Michigan has the highest number of new daily cases, with 483 per 100,000 people.

Two days after recording its highest single-day death toll, India set a new global record for new cases recorded in a day, with 312,731 reported on Thursday. The country had been averaging over 200,000 per day over the past week. The previous record for new daily infections had been set by the United States on January 8, 2021 with 300,669.

Lawmakers in Germany approved a new Notbremse or emergency-break law that would give the federal government nationwide authority to enact lockdowns. Until now, lockdown restrictions had varied depending on each state, as state governments ultimately had the final say. The law is expected to bring stricter rules to the country, although the measures that would be taken would vary by region depending on the rate of infection there.

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