Coronavirus News Update – May 6: U.S. May Be Near the Limit of People Who Plan to Get Vaccinated, Says Survey

Hospitalizations in Los Angeles for Covid at Pandemic Low

By Anna Breuer on 6 May 2021
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The number of people planning to get vaccinated in the United States may be hitting a point of saturation, a new study suggested. “While the pace of vaccine uptake has continued rapidly over the past month, enthusiasm may be reaching a plateau,” researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s research program said in the April edition of Vaccine Monitor.  The number of “ready and willing” adults who have not yet gotten inoculated but say they plan to do so has fallen to 9% from 30% in March, at a time when many adults were not yet eligible for vaccination.

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded over 156.5 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.26 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 133.8 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 1.21 billion doses as of Thursday morning, the equivalent of over 16 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Thursday, 148.56 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 56.7% of the population over the age of 18 – some 146.34 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 106.54 million people, or 41.3% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 32.3% of the population, or 107.3 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

In a dramatic shift, hospitalizations in California are now at the lowest point since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.  At the start of the week, the number of Covid-19 patients in the state’s hospitals was 1,608, the lowest figure since tracking began on March 30, 2020.

An early stage Moderna trial for which results have not yet been published found that the vaccine, when used as a booster, rapidly increased the level of antibodies in people who had already been vaccinated.  A different booster that was created specifically to counter the B.1.3.5 South African variant

Two studies suggest that the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is extraordinarily effective at protecting people from severe disease caused by two dangerous coronavirus variants, namely the U.K. variant known as B.1.1.7 and the South African variant, B.1.351.

The Biden administration came out in support of waiving intellectual property protection to support the production of more vaccine on a global basis. The country has been a holdout over World Trade Organization plans to suspend such protections in order to ramp up vaccine production.

As the baseball season gets underway, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that fully vaccinated baseball fans who attend Mets and Yankees games at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium respectively can sit in a section without social distancing.  The state will offer Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccinations to falls, who will then receive a free ticket to the game.

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