Larry Wiggins receives Moderna Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine from Anya Harris at the Red Hook Neighborhood Elderly Center in the Red Hood neighborhood of Brooklyn on February 22, 2021 in New York City.
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The US reported another daily record of new Covid vaccine doses administered on Saturday, bringing the weekly average of new vaccinations per day to over 3 million Data compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The health department reported Saturday that 4.1 million new doses were administered, the highest daily mark since the Food and Drug Administration approved emergency vaccines late last year.
Approximately 104.2 million US residents, or 31% of the population, have received at least one dose of vaccine. according to CDC59.9 million people or 18% of the population are fully vaccinated. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for full immunity protection. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, which received limited approval in late February, is a single-shot regimen.
According to CDC data, three-quarters of US citizens age 65 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine that provides crucial protection against the disease for a vulnerable group of Americans. As of March 31 Almost 81% of the country’s Covid deaths have occurred in people aged 65 and over.
The increase in daily vaccine doses comes as the available supply increases and eligibility increases expanded across the country. In states like Texas, Kansas and OhioAll residents aged 16 and over can now receive the vaccine.
Saturday’s vaccine milestone hits a somewhat mixed picture for coronavirus cases and deaths over the past week. According to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, the 7-day average of new daily infections in the country is 64,617, up 6% from a week ago. In 26 states and Washington D.C. cases are on the rise, as CNBC’s analysis shows.
However, the weekly average number of US deaths per day in the US is down 12% to 847.
President Joe Biden has urged the country to remain vigilant about the spread of coronavirus, despite significant advances in the introduction of the vaccine. “Too many Americans pretend this fight is over,” said Biden on Friday. “It is not.”
Also on Friday, the CDC announced that people fully vaccinated against Covid can travel at “low risk for themselves” while continuing to emphasize the need to wear a mask and maintain physical distance.
“We continue to encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as it is their turn so that we can begin to safely return to our daily lives,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a statement that accompanied the change in leadership. “Vaccines can help us get back to the things we love about life. That’s why we encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as they get the chance.”