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Although 55% of Puerto Ricans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the United States is struggling to jump in cases and hospitalizations as it tries to support an economy shattered in recent years by a coronavirus pandemic, hurricanes, earthquakes and the protracted financial crisis.

Although health authorities say many are eager to get vaccinated – more than 2 million doses have been administered on the island of 3.3 million Americans – they note that some people who are not yet fully protected ignore restrictions that include curfew lasting more than a year.

This and the spread of new variants may be partly to blame for the current influx of infections, which rose in the last week of April to 28 new daily cases per 100,000 people, compared with 17 per 100,000 in the continental United States.

“The solution is vaccination,” said Governor Pedro Pierluisi, who opposed tougher restrictions after Puerto Rico imposed mandates to lock up and disguise any US state. The island has reported about 2,000 deaths from COVID.

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► Public health authorities in Los Angeles County did not report any new deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday. Infections have remained at their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic.

► New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will make a statement Monday to ease COVID restrictions as the number of cases continues to fall in the state.

► The governor of Colorado extended the state’s mandate for a mask for another 30 days, but weakened the coverage requirements for groups vaccinated against COVID-19.

►Ilinois is approaching 10 million vaccinations, public health officials said Sunday. The country of more than 12 million people has reported more than 1.3 million coronavirus cases and 22,019 deaths.

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Today’s figures: The United States has more than 32.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 577,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Total worldwide: Over 152.4 million cases and nearly 3.19 million deaths. More than 312.5 million doses of vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 245.5 million have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 104.7 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.

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The United States to talk to the WTO about the wider spread of vaccines

The White House says the U.S. trade envoy will begin talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to address the intellectual property issues that prevent the widespread use of critical COVID-19 vaccines.

The White House is under strong pressure to join forces to help abandon patent rules for vaccines so that poorer countries can start making their own common versions.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein said on CBS’s Face to the Nation on Sunday that U.S. Trade Representative Catherine Ty would begin talks “about how we can get this vaccine more widespread, more licensed.” more widely shared. “

Klein and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the administration would have more to say on the issue in the coming days.

About 92% of Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccine returned for their second shot

About 1 in 12 Americans did not receive their second scheduled dose of COVID-19 on time, and although this worries epidemiologists, follow-up is far better than other two-dose adult vaccines.

According to the latest data from the CDC, about 92% of people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine returned it for their second shot.

Experts note that such numbers to complete the two-dose regimen of the most widely used coronavirus vaccines are a cause for celebration.

“With the largest mass vaccination program in history, 92% of people who return for their second shot are a huge win,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.

The second shot is important because it provides stronger immunity against COVID-19. The first dose, called the initial dose, introduces the body into the spike protein on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. The second boosts this immune response, so the body is ready to fight the virus if exposed. Read more here.

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India is setting global records, but the reality is probably even worse

India broke another daily record for new infections on Saturday with more than 400,000 new cases, but at least one expert says the real sum could be much higher than this. Dr. Prabhat Ja of the University of Toronto calculates, based on modeling from a previous boom in India, that the true number of those infected may be 10 times higher than official reports.

“Whole houses are infected,” Ja said. “If one person is tested in the house and reports being positive and everyone else in the house starts to have symptoms, it’s obvious they have COVID, so why get tested?”

India reported 392,488 new infections on Sunday, slightly less than the previous 24 hours.

The United States has begun supplying valuable components for vaccines, oxygen and masks to India, and other countries are also providing aid, but demand will still exceed supply. The administration of President Joe Biden also plans to limit travel between the United States and India from Tuesday.

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