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9 statistics you need to know from May 2021.

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Vaccination rates in the country have fallen to new lows in recent weeks, threatening President Joe Biden’s target of 70% of American adults with at least one dose by July 4th.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 63% of adults received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, just slightly higher than 62% the previous week. Twelve states, including Utah, Oklahoma, Montana, Dakota and West Virginia, have seen vaccinations sink to 15 daily shots per 10,000 residents; Only four people per 10,000 people were vaccinated in Alabama last week, according to The Washington Post.

“Low-hanging fruits – those people who absolutely want to be vaccinated without telling them anything” have already been vaccinated, which has led to a delay, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s best infectious disease expert. organized a call with community leaders last week, the Post reported.

The White House has already made plans to combat the delay. Last week, Biden announced an effort to encourage more Americans to roll up their sleeves.

Also in the news:

►Dr. Jeff Dutchin, chief health officer of Seattle and King County, told The Seattle Times that 97% of recent COVID-19 cases there have occurred in unvaccinated people.

►A report by Pew Charitable Trusts says that after the initial sharp drop in tax revenues, 29 countries have recovered to cover more or more during the peak pandemic period from March 2020 to February 2021 than in the previous 12 months.

►The UK Secretary of Health says that the delta variant, which is rapidly becoming the dominant variant of the coronavirus in the UK, is 40% more transmitted than existing strains in the country. He acknowledged on Sunday that the increase in cases of the delta option could slow the government’s plan to remove most remaining restrictions on the June 21 blockade.

►During the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents, tired of watching their children’s online classes, longed to open schools. Then the vaccines expanded, schools opened in many cities, and teachers returned – but a huge number of students did not.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 33.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 597,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The total number is over 173.3 million cases and over 3.73 million deaths. More than 138.9 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – 41.9% of the population, according to the CDC.

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The modern vaccine may soon be available for children

Today, Moderna announced that it has requested authorization for its vaccine against COVID-19 in adolescents with Health Canada – and will submit an authorization for emergency use to the US Food and Drug Administration “for this important younger population.” The FDA has extended its emergency use permit for the Pfizer vaccine to include people from 12 to 15 last month.

Moderna also said it had submitted conditional approval for marketing in the 27-nation European Union to expand the use of its coronavirus vaccine for children. Last month, the European drug regulator approved a shot fired by Pfizer and BioNTech for children aged 12 to 15.

“We remain committed to doing our part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Moderna CEO Stefan Bansel.

China locks 18 million city to fight outbreak

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou was blocked on Monday after the explosion of COVID-19, which has affected dozens of people in recent days. Anyone who is allowed to leave must show a negative test for the virus taken in the previous 48 hours. The same rule applies to anyone who wants to leave the surrounding province of Guangdong. The city also restricts indoor meals, conducts mass tests and bans residents in high-risk neighborhoods from leaving their homes. At least two areas in the city of 18 million people are completely closed.

The variant that causes the Guangzhou outbreak, the delta variant first identified in India, is more contagious because those who have it are slower to show symptoms while carrying more virus particles.

Fauci, the first lady, promotes vaccinations at Harlem Church

First Lady Jill Biden and Dr. Anthony Fautsi toured the vaccination site at a historic church in Haarlem on Sunday in a promotional event aimed at boosting the energy of the lagging national vaccination campaign. Biden, Fauzi, and St. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, watched as people fired into the basement of an Abyssinian Baptist church. The church first began offering vaccine doses in January in a bid to increase vaccination levels in black and Hispanic communities in New York City.

Biden asked a teenager to take a picture of how old he was, and when he said he was 14, she replied, “You’re 14, that’s exactly what we want! Twelve or more. “

“No excuse”: Mississippi is the last country in the country for fully vaccinated people

For months, Mississippi health official Thomas Dobbs applied to Mississippi for vaccination against COVID-19. Mississippi is the last in the country for fully vaccinated people. As of Friday afternoon, more than 911,000 people had been fully vaccinated in Mississippi, or 29% of the population. But it lags behind the national average of 41%. For several weeks, Dobbs repeated it: Mississippians will either be vaccinated against the virus or suffer from its effects.

“There’s no excuse for that,” Dobbs said during a live interview with the Mississippi State Medical Association. “I will personally drive to your home to give it to you.”

“Sarah Hazelhorst, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger.”

Group efforts in rural Georgia to help others get vaccinated

A growing group of volunteers goes door-to-door, helping people get vaccinated against COVID-19 and answering questions Randolph County people have about the pandemic. The four who began the effort built on their experience with the Randolph County Democratic Committee. What began as a focused effort to register older people without the Internet for the vaccine has become a larger operation involving hundreds of other doors to meet.

Randolph is one of the poorest counties in Georgia. The rural demographics of the county make residents more susceptible to coronavirus infection. People in rural areas are at higher risk of hospitalization, according to the CDC. In terms of access, those without a means of transport or Internet access cannot register or travel to be vaccinated.

This is where the group developed by Neighbor 2 Neighbor intervenes. Joyce Barlow told CNN that it was not just about helping people inoculate, but also about listening to them and their concerns about COVID-19 and vaccines.

“That’s what it’s about. Neighbor to neighbor. As soon as we get a herd or community immunity for all our neighbors, it will be safe for all of us to go outside. I know they’re all closed,” Barlow told a Randolph County resident. “We want to protect everyone. After all, we are the guardians of our brother and sister.”

Milwaukee college students working to overcome barriers against COVID-19

When Sarah Farhan approached people at the Eid al-Fitr festival in Milwaukee last month and asked if they still received the COVID-19 vaccine, many seemed skeptical.

Then Farhan switched to speaking Arabic.

“Then they just exploded with words,” she said. “They were like, ‘Oh, well, can you tell me this and that?’ “

Farhan, who is due to attend Wisconsin Medical College in the fall, was working on her new summer job as a vaccine teacher for the Muslim Women’s Coalition in Milwaukee.

The coalition has hired eight students who speak languages ​​common to the Milwaukee Muslim community, such as Arabic, Somali, Rohingya and Urdu. They want to encourage hesitant people to take the vaccine, while dispelling fears and misinformation about it.

“When you can communicate in the language they are most familiar with, there is a sense of comfort and familiarity, and I think there is more confidence in getting and getting the vaccine,” said Women’s Coalition President Janan Najib.

“Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Sentinel.”

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