The United States has suffered one of the worst days on the COVID-19 front since the start of the pandemic, with the daily death toll rising to over 3,400, on the same day it reached an “early but important” milestone of over 1 million. vaccinated.
New daily cases of COVID-19 climbed to 227,522 Wednesday from 201,674 on Tuesday, according to data provided by the New York Times. The death toll rose to 3,411 from 3,239, marking the second worst day since the start of the pandemic.
Admissions rose 1,702 to a record high of 119,463 Wednesday, according to the COVID monitoring project, to hit a daily record for the 19th time this month. The daily average of new cases in the past week was 213,472 cases, up 2% from the average two weeks earlier.
Overall, the United States reported a total of 18,495,851 cases and 326,871 deaths, as of noon Thursday, Johns Hopkins University data show.
If there’s a positive side, it’s that more than 1 million people have been vaccinated since the first dose was given on Dec. 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late Wednesday. .
This does mean, however, that the US will remain drastically below its stated year-end target for vaccinations of around 20 million.
Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific advisor to the Trump administration’s “Warp Speed” program, told media Wednesday following. that goal was unlikely to be achieved, as the immunization process is happening slower than originally expected.
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“There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but the supply will increase in the weeks and months to come,” the CDC said in a statement on its website. “The goal is for everyone to be easily vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as sufficient quantities are available.”
The statement came after Pfizer Inc. PFE,
and BioNTech SE BNTX,
announced on Wednesday a deal with the Trump administration to supply an additional 100 million doses of the companies’ COVID-19 vaccine, to bring the total supply agreement to 200 million doses. The US government has an option to purchase up to 400 million additional doses.
Just a week earlier, the US government had exercised its option on Moderna Inc. MRNA,
to double its supply dose to 200 million.
The CDC went on to point out that until every person in the United States is able to get a vaccine, Americans will be asked to maintain social distance, wash their hands, and wear brands in public.
And for the holidays, the CDC continued to recommend Americans to postpone travel plans and stay home.
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The number of global confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 78,936,951 at noon Thursday, according to JHU data, and the death toll reached 1,735,131. At least 44.5 million people have recovered.
The United States was the world leader, accounting for 23.4% of cases and 18.8% of deaths.
India was second far in cases with 10,123,778 and was third in deaths with 146,756, while Brazil was far second in cases with 189,220 and third in cases with 7,365,517.
Mexico is fourth for deaths with 120,311 and 13th for cases with 1,350,079.
Italy had the fifth largest number of deaths globally and the largest number in Europe, with 70,900, and was the eighth worldwide for cases with 2,009,317. The UK was sixth with a death toll of 69,157 and held in sixth in cases of 2,156,077.
Russia was fourth in the world and led Europe with 2,934,695 cases and was ninth in deaths with 52,434. Germany was 14th in deaths with 28,960 and 10th in cases with 1,610,326.
China, where the virus was first discovered late last year, has had 95,298 confirmed cases and 4,767 deaths.