Coronavirus News Update – April 4: Record 4 Million People Vaccinated Saturday in U.S., Record 1.5 Million People Fly

Pope Calls for ‘Universal Access’ to Vaccines in ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Address

By Anna Breuer on 4 April 2021
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A vaccination site in New York City

The United States vaccinated a record 4 million people on Saturday, exceeding the prior record of 3 million by 33%, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. One day earlier, a pandemic-era record was set as over 1.5 million people traversed the nation’s airport security checkpoints to catch a flight. The news marks the 23rd day in a row where over one million people have flown.

As of early Sunday morning, the world has recorded 131.5 million mark in Covid-19 cases and it has seen almost 2.9 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information.  In addition, almost 106 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered over 637 million doses, the equivalent of 8.3 doses for every 100 people as of Sunday morning, a 0.3 percentage point increase since Saturday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Saturday, over to 104 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Over 40% of the population over the age of 18 – some 103.5 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 59.6 million people, or 23.1% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 18% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 1.1 percentage point increase over Saturday.

Speaking on CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor, said that, were the country to continue with vaccinations at the present rate for 30 days, it could inoculate all unvaccinated Americans by the end of May.

In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office said that over 10 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered across the state since December.  Echoing the increase reported by the CDC in recent inoculations, the governor’s office said that there were 1.4 million doses administered in the state over the past week.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis, in his annual “Urbi et Orbi,” or “To the City, and to the World” Easter message, urged world leaders to ensure universal access to all.The pope called on heads of state “in a spirit of global responsibility” to ensure that everyone has access to vaccines, calling them “an essential tool” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “Facilitate their distribution, especially in the poorest countries,” Francis said.

The faithful flocked to the Christian quarter in Jerusalem where, after the cancellation of last year’s celebration, the Good Friday procession took place, albeit with everyone donning face masks.  The reopening was possible thanks to the vaccination campaign in Israel that has resulted in 60% of the population attaining fully vaccinated status in a matter of months.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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