US coronavirus: US has a chance to overcome the pandemic, but a major challenge follows, says expert

Tens of millions of Americans have not yet started their vaccinations, National Health Institute director Dr. Francis Collins said Wednesday. our. “

“We really need to figure out how to get the messages out there so that those who are still undecided get the information they need to see why they really want to do that.”

But experts say the US needs much higher levels of vaccination to control the virus.

“If we get through this terrible pandemic, it will take most of us immunized. Otherwise, the virus can go on and on,” Collins said.

To date, approximately 40.5% of the US population has received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine and approximately 26.4% are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One dose of Covid-19 vaccine discarded for every 850 administered shows CDC data

And efforts – federal, state and local – are underway to increase these vaccination numbers.

“I think our effort is moving and moving towards younger people who just don’t think about Covid as much,” Andy Slavitt, White House chief adviser on Covid-19, told CNN.

In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a new “hands-on-deck” effort to make sure every resident who wants to can get one as soon as possible, including seniors and students.

“We are really close to that light at the end of the tunnel. Those of you who have not yet been vaccinated, please get a vaccine as soon as you can. Do it for yourself, do it for your family, do it for your friends and do this so that we can all put this global pandemic behind us, “Hogan said in a statement.

People receive second dose of vaccine at a mobile Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on April 20, 2021

Hundreds of Americans die every day

While many government leaders are nearing the end of the pandemic, US Covid-19 figures are still high.

In the last week, an average of over 62,900 Covid-19 infections have been reported daily, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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More than 43,000 Americans are hospitalized with the virus, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

And hundreds of Americans still lose their lives every day. In the last week alone, the United States has reported more than 4,900 Covid-19 deaths.

In Washington, Covid-19 cases are on the rise in most counties and hospitalizations are on the rise, with a sharp rise in the number of young adults hospitalized, said Dr. Umair Shah, the state’s health secretary.

And most counties have detected variants, Shah said.

“The good news is that two-thirds of people over the age of 65 are fully vaccinated and more than half of people over the age of 50 have had a dose of # COVID19 # Vaccine,” Shah said on Twitter. “The bad news is that as we get closer to turning the corner, we’re starting to see a fourth wave and we need people to hang on a little longer.”
Variants have also contributed to fueling violent growth in Michigan, and officials say the faster the country gets more gunshots, the lower the chances of dangerous strains fueling other growths.

A new study highlights the importance of vaccinations

For those who have been completely vaccinated, the risk of still taking Covid-19 – described as a “discovered infection” – remains extremely low, a new study suggests.

Of the 417 Rockefeller University employees who were completely vaccinated with either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, only two had infections discovered later, according to the study.

Only 2 "discovery" infections in hundreds of people completely vaccinated, finds a new study

The researchers found that variants with several differences from the original virus caused those infections discovered.

“We have characterized good faith examples of the discovery of the vaccine as a clinical symptom,” they wrote. “These observations in no way undermine the importance of urgent federal and state efforts to vaccinate the U.S. population.” support efforts to advance a new vaccine booster (as well as a pan-coronavirus vaccine) to provide increased protection against variants. “

Another study that looked at infections in Chicago nursing homes found that most fully vaccinated residents were not infected with the virus even after someone in the same unit tested positive.

Of the nearly 8,000 residents and nearly 7,000 employees who received two doses since December, there were only 22 infections discovered among those fully vaccinated, according to the CDC’s weekly report on morbidity and mortality released Wednesday.

Of these discovery cases, two-thirds were asymptomatic. Two residents were hospitalized and one of those residents died, the CDC said. The person who died had three basic conditions, the agency added.

Rebekah Riess, Jen Christensen, Jacqueline Howard and Jenn Selva contributed to this report.