Coronavirus News Update – June 9: U.S. Crosses Major Milestone with Over 50% of Eligible Americans Fully Vaccinated

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 June 2021
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The United States hit a major milestone this week: More than 50% of Americans 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.  Meanwhile, the average daily number of cases is near a 14-month low although health officials have expressed grave concern over non-vaccinated individuals, calling them “sitting ducks.”

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded over 174.8 million Covid-19 cases and has seen more than 3.76 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 158.3 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, over 2.22 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, the equivalent of over 27.8 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Wednesday, 171.7 million people in the United States – or 51.7% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 42.3%, or 140.4 million people, are fully vaccinated, bringing the total number of doses dispensed in the United States to over 303.9 million. Breaking this down further, approximately 63.8% of the population over the age of 18 – or 164.5 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 53.1% of the same group – or 137.1 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Despite a high number of vaccinations, Mongolia is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases.  Over half of the country’s population is fully inoculated with China’s Sinopharm vaccine, something that calls the vaccine’s efficacy into question.

Meanwhile, West Virginia’s vaccination lottery, “Do it for Babydog: Save a Life, Change a Life,” appears to be a success.  Over 70,000 West Virginians have registered.  “What we’re trying to do is to bring a smile to many people’s faces through this lottery,” Governor Jim Justice said. “We’re tickled to death to be able to give away a lot of incredible stuff, but we need all West Virginians to step up and get vaccinated.”

Carnival Cruise Line said it will resume operations for two of its ships in July.  The line will only allow fully vaccinated passengers on board, which means only those individuals who have waited 14 days after their final inoculation will be able to board.

Finally, officials in New York State reported that the Covid-19 positivity metrics hit record lows and that the statewide vaccination rate for a first jab is at 68.9% as of Tuesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he plans to lift “virtually all” pandemic-era restrictions once the rate hits 70%.

Anna Breuer contributed reporting to this story.

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