Washington, August 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – August 6, 2021): Half of the American population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the White House said on Friday, as inoculations increase in response to the increase in the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus.
“50% of Americans (all ages) are now fully vaccinated. Keep going!” Said Cyrus Shahpar, White House data director on Covid-19, in a tweet.
This means that more than 165 million people have received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine in two doses or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in one go.
The threshold of half of all fully immunized U.S. adults was reached in late May.
Shahpar said the seven-day average of those newly vaccinated was up 11% from last week and 44% in the past two weeks.
For four consecutive weeks, the average number of people vaccinated each day has increased, White House Covid coordinator Jeff Zients said on Thursday.
The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic with 615,000 deaths.
Biden has been pushing for Americans to get vaccinated since taking office in January.
The aggressive vaccination schedule had raised hopes of a return to some semblance of normal life this summer, but the plan fell through because of the Delta variant.
After peaking in April, the rate of new inoculations fell sharply.
New daily cases, deaths and hospitalizations have risen sharply in recent weeks, and cities like New York and Los Angeles are imposing new restrictions such as requiring proof of vaccination to enter indoor places like restaurants. and gymnasiums.
Last week, there were an average of 90,000 new cases of coronavirus per day. Florida and Texas made up a third, the White House said.
The figure marks a 43% increase from the previous week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
The level of community transmission of the virus is “high” or “significant” in 85% of the country, according to the CDC.
Hospitalizations reach a national daily average of about 7,300 per day over the seven days. Deaths are rising sharply to around 380 per day.
Cases of infection in vaccinated people are still rare, but preliminary research shows that when they do occur, the risk of contagion is higher than with previous strains of the virus.
And that poses a higher risk for unvaccinated people who come in contact with infected vaccinated people.
In light of all these numbers, the CDC recently changed course and recommended wearing masks indoors in high-risk areas, even for people who have been vaccinated.