Coronavirus News Update – May 26: 50% of Adult U.S. Population Now Fully Vaccinated

Non-vaccinated People Remain at Risk, Says Head of CDC

By Jesse Sokolow on 26 May 2021
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As the Memorial Day holiday weekend looms, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that non-vaccinated individuals remain at risk for Covid-19. “If you are vaccinated, you are protected, and you can enjoy your Memorial Day,” said Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the CDC, during a White House news conference. “If you are not vaccinated, our guidance has not changed for you, you remain at risk of infection. You still need to mask and take other precautions.”

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded over 168.6 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.5 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 150.1 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 1.74 billion doses as of Wednesday morning, the equivalent of approximately 22 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Wednesday, 164.3 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Around 61.6% of the population over the age of 18 – some 158.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 129 million people, or 50% of the same population, who have received both doses. Meanwhile, 58.6% of the population over the age of 12, or 164.2 million people, have received at least one shot, including 131 million, or 46.8% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 39.5% of the population, or 131.07 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Although India has recorded over 300,000 deaths and more than 27 million cases as of Tuesday, experts are saying that the actual numbers are likely much larger. The apparent gross underestimation is due to a variety of factors, including a lack of tests, peoples’ unwillingness to get tested, and unreported deaths at homes or in rural areas. Compounding the country’s battle with the virus is a cyclone with winds of over 95 miles per hour that hit the east coast of the nation this week.

In Puerto Rico, despite the fact that only around 30% of the island’s population has been fully vaccinated, with 45% having received at least one shot, the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that has been in effect for much of the pandemic was lifted on Monday. In addition, travellers coming to the island no longer need to present a negative test, but rather must show proof of vaccination upon arrival. Puerto Rico will also begin offering the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen vaccine to all travellers arriving at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on Friday.

Oxygen shortages across the globe could mean the total collapse of dozens of national health systems.  Data provided by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals Nepal, Iran, and South Africa among 19 countries the greatest risk of running out of oxygen as surging Covid cases push supplies to limit.

William Shakespeare, the second person in the United Kingdom to be inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine, passed away on Wednesday from a stroke. Shakespeare, who was vaccinated on December 8 of last year, was 81 years old at the time of his death. Since his inoculation, approximately 57% of Britain’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.

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