The Biden administration will begin distributing doses of vaccines away from countries with lower demand to those where demand remains high, an administration official said Tuesday.

The rate of vaccination has disappeared in most of the nation, with some countries denying all or part of their weekly doses. The federal government will now move some of these doses to areas where appointments are still difficult to obtain.

Governors were briefed on the change by the White House on Tuesday. The official spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity before the expected public announcement later today.

The United States has announced a first-dose vaccination at less than half the rate of a few weeks ago, according to an analysis of data from the CDC in the United States TODAY. The United States reported administering 6.54 million first doses in the week ending Monday, a sharp drop from the 1

4 million reported in the week ending April 13. On Monday alone, the country said it was administering about 471,000 first doses, the lowest since Feb. 23, when an ice storm snarled supplies.

More than 147 million Americans, or 44% of the US population, have received at least one dose. Herd immunity is estimated to require vaccination of 70% or more of the population. More than a quarter of all Americans say they don’t want the vaccine, studies show.

The good news: Some experts say “herd immunity” may not be needed to see a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases, that 30 to 40 million first shots may be enough for the US to reach the point of vaccine overturning and pandemic containment.

The United States currently has an average of less than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus per day, a level not seen since early October and a sign that the vaccination program is already affecting the pandemic.

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►President Joe Biden wants 70% of adults in the United States to have received at least one shot of COVID-19 by July 4 – a target he is due to announce on Tuesday, along with new steps to vaccinate hard-to-reach populations and prepare for vaccination of teenagers.

► Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican who tested positive in July, lifted the state’s COVID-19 state of emergency on Tuesday, citing data showing a reduction in new cases and hospitalizations.

► The Indiana State Fair will return with some changes this summer, a year after the pandemic necessitated its cancellation, officials at the fair announced on Tuesday.

►President Joe Biden will provide up-to-date information on the virus and the national vaccination program today at 2:30 p.m. ET.

►Gov. Phil Murphy has announced a “Shot and Beer” program that entitles New Jerseyans to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this month, for free beer at one of the state’s 13 craft breweries.

► South Korean officials have said that North Korea has told the Asian football governing body that it will not participate in the World Cup qualifiers to be played in South Korea next month due to fears of coronavirus.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 32.47 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 577,500 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The total number is over 153.18 million cases and 3.2 million deaths.

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The EU expects enough vaccine for 70% of adults in July

A quarter of all EU residents have received the first dose as efforts to vaccinate the 27-nation bloc gain momentum after a slow, controversial start, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said in a statement on Twitter.

Struggles for solid vaccine commitments have left Europe far behind vaccination campaigns in the United States and Britain.

“Vaccination is gaining momentum across the EU: we have just received 150 million vaccinations,” wrote Vod der Layen in a multilingual tweet. “We will have enough doses to vaccinate 70% of adults in the EU in July.”

True “herd immunity” may not be necessary

Some experts say that real “herd immunity” may not be needed to see a drastic decline in COVID-19 cases.

While cases are rising in some states, they are declining across the country. Perhaps most importantly, they are rapidly declining in the highly vaccinated age groups.

Among Americans aged 65 and over who are most vulnerable to the disease, two-thirds are fully vaccinated. They were 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people of the same age who had not been vaccinated, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

“When you’re 50% or more (vaccinated), you have significant pressure to reduce the incidence,” said Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

“Half the people who are potentially exposed to the virus can no longer get it. It’s a very big deal.” Read more here.

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Restrictions on travel to India take effect today

The United States will restrict travel from India on Tuesday after a deadly influx of coronavirus that broke records and left the country in despair.

According to data from John Hopkins University, India became the first in the world to report more than 400,000 daily cases, as the tide threatens global efforts to quell the pandemic and return to life before COVID.

The official number of coronavirus cases in the country exceeded 20 million on Tuesday, almost doubling in the last three months, while deaths have officially exceeded 220,000. As staggering as these figures are, the real numbers are thought to be far more high, which is an obvious reflection of the problems in the health system. Here’s what we know.

As the crisis in India escalated last week, the White House said the United States could share up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 after receiving federal approval in the coming months. The US Agency for International Development has begun flying into the country for emergency supplies, including oxygen cylinders, rapid diagnostic tests and 100,000 N95 masks to help India protect its frontline health workers.

Florida Gov. DeSantis lifts COVID-19 restrictions nationwide

Florida Gov. Ron Desantis suspended local orders for COVID-19 on Monday and signed a proposal approved by lawmakers last week that limits the government’s ability to impose requirements on masks and other social alienation measures used to fight the coronavirus over the past year.

The measure, a 2006 Senate bill, also issued a permanent executive order for DeSantis, which bans “vaccine passports,” saying it was unnecessary to “control people at this time.”

“I think if you say you really say you don’t believe in vaccines, you don’t believe in data, you don’t believe in science,” DeSantis said at the bill’s signing ceremony in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Gov. Ron Desantis suspended local orders for COVID-19 in Florida on Monday.

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The FDA is set on the OK Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15 years

The Food and Drug Administration will soon approve the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15, who could receive the pictures as early as next week.

The expected solution, which is likely to be supported by the CDC, will allow most high school and high school students to be vaccinated before the summer camps and the start of the 2021-22 school year.

The current age requirement for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 16 and is 18 for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The two companies are also testing their vaccines for children under 18.

In addition to reassuring parents who want to get your teens vaccinated against coronavirus, FDA approval will expand the scope of Americans who are eligible to be inoculated at a time when the U.S. vaccination campaign is beginning to respond to hesitation and outright rejection. by some people.

In a recent study, Pfizer-BioNTech showed in 2,260 adolescents aged 12-15 years that its two-dose vaccine was extremely safe and completely effective. Of the 16 adolescents infected with COVID-19 in the study, all received placebo, none of the active vaccines.

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