Coronavirus News Update – June 6: U.S. No Longer on Track to Reach 4th of July Vaccination Target of 70%

By Anna Breuer on 6 June 2021
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The United States is no longer on track to meet President Joseph Biden’s goal of having 70% of the adult population at least partially vaccinated by the Fourth of July holiday.   At the current rate, the country will hit that figure in mid July but only reach 67% to 68% by the Independence Day holiday.

As of Sunday morning, the world has recorded over 173.8 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.74 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 156.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, over 2.09 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Sunday morning, the equivalent of over 27 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Sunday, 170.2 million people in the United States – or 51.3% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Of that population, 41.6%, or 138.1 million people, are fully vaccinated, bringing the total number of doses dispensed in the United States to over 300 million.  Breaking this down further, approximately 63.4% of the population over the age of 18 – or 163.5 million people –  has received at least a first inoculation and 52.5% of the same group – or 135.6 million people –  is fully vaccinated.

New York City is expanding its vaccination program to include schools. The city will open four pop-up clinics in the Bronx to be followed by additional locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.  The clinics will offer inoculations to students 12 years of age and older.

Officials in New Hampshire plan to send excess doses of coronavirus vaccine to Canada to help that country’s efforts and move towards a reopening of the U.S.-Canadian border. So far, 49.6% of adults in the state have been vaccinated. “Can we give our vaccine to Canada,” the state’s governor, Chris Sununu, told reporters he asked officials in Washington, D.C. “Will that help reopen the border?”

Officials in New Delhi will ease some lockdown restrictions starting Monday.  Markets will be allowed to reopen with limited hours and the public transit system will operate at 50% capacity.  The move comes despite preparations for a potential third wave of the virus.

The first major in-person business conference is taking place in Miami with 12,000 attendees. The Bitcoin Festival features speakers that include included Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and the payments company Square, as well as Cameron Winklevoss, a crypto entrepreneur.  Breakout sessions included “Women, Wine, and Crypto.”

Chinese officials are trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus Guanzhou, an industrial city in southern China. Restaurants are forbidden from offering dining room service, and restrictions have been placed on fitness centers, gyms, and pools.  The city also closed 12 subway stations.

The United States will distribute some 25 million Covid vaccines out of a planned 80 million doses.  Approximately six million doses will be distributed to countries in Latin America, including the Caribbean, seven million will go to South and Southeast Asia, and five million to Africa, the State Department’s global coronavirus coordinator, Gayle Smith, said.  In addition, Taiwan will receive 750,000 doses.

Finally, a right-wing pastor whose website advances homophobic, racist, and other hate-filled conspiracy theories including saying that vaccines were part of a “mass death campaign, was hospitalized with Covid-19 related pneumonia.  Rick Wiles’ wife and daughter both had severe cases of Covid as well, as did four other family members and three employees of his website.

Jesse Sokolow and Kurt Stolz contributed reporting to this story.

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