Nursing student Erika Lohr vaccinates one person while others are welcomed to a monitoring area after their vaccinations as California opens vaccine eligibility to any resident 16 years of age or older during the coronavirus disease (COVID) outbreak. -19) in Chula Vista, California, USA, April 15, 2021.
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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 3.5 million doses of vaccines administered in the US on Sunday. The seven-day average of daily injections given has remained above 3 million for 12 days in a row.
Half of all American adults have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, according to the CDC. The milestone comes as President Joe Biden’s deadline for states to expand their vaccine eligibility requirements. Biden asked states to open appointments for all American adults by April 19.
Biden said in a video posted on Twitter Monday that states have met that deadline. He encouraged Americans to get vaccinated.
The national level of daily new coronavirus cases remains elevated at an average of around 67,400 per day, 26% higher than last month’s lows, but slightly lower than a week ago.
Vaccine injections in the US
The United States reports an average of more than 3 million daily doses of vaccines administered over the past seven days, according to CDC data.
Johnson & Johnson vaccines are still on hold, after the Food and Drug Administration and CDC advised states to temporarily suspend use of the injection after six women developed rare but serious blood clotting problems.
The United States has administered far fewer J&J injections than the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, but the single injection option is valuable for certain situations and communities. Mass vaccination sites and mobile vans have an easier time with Johnson & Johnson’s storage requirements, and managing a two-dose regimen can be challenging in certain populations, such as inmates moving facilities or the homeless. who do not have a permanent residence. .
Percentage of population vaccinated in the US
On Sunday, the CDC reported that half of all American adults have received at least one injection. Of those 65 and older, 81% have received one dose or more, and about two-thirds are fully vaccinated.
Nearly 40% of the total US population, including those currently ineligible for available vaccines, have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, CDC data shows, and more than 25% is fully vaccinated.
US Covid Cases
The seven-day average of daily new coronavirus cases in the US is about 67,400, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That figure is 26% higher than the country’s most recent low of around 53,600 new cases a day, recorded at the end of March, but is slightly down from a week ago.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said on Monday on CNBC’s Squawk Box show that he expects warmer weather and increased vaccination rates to lead to a decline in the case count.
“I think we’re going to start looking at the pandemic in the United States in terms of decreasing cases,” he said. “We will continue to have outbreaks in some parts of the country – we will never virtually eliminate this virus – but I think they’re going to start to see cases drop dramatically as we move into May. “
Gottlieb cited San Francisco as an example of where the country could be headed. The city reports that 40% of adults are fully vaccinated, he said, and is only seeing about 30 new cases of Covid per day.
Covid deaths in the US
Currently, the US reports 723 Covid deaths per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
On Saturday, the global death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 3 million, greater than the population of Chicago and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and a member of the boards of Pfizer, genetic testing startup Tempus, health technology company Aetion Inc., and biotech company Illumina. He also serves as co-chair of the “Healthy Navigation Panel” for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean.