The country had an average of just over 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine given on Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is less than the average in early April of 3.3 million per day.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Friday that the best way for the country to avoid Covid-19 outbreaks and additional economic pain is to get vaccinated.
“It’s not over until it’s over – and it’s not over yet,” Fauci said at an event hosted by US Health and Humanitarian Services.
Complacency, he said, could lead to “a new leap – especially with the options that are floating around ̵
And because the virus is mutating, “I’m worried that not only (unvaccinated) people continue to be vulnerable to infection, but what is the nature of these infections, as we see new options appearing online,” said Dr. Abdul Al-Sayed. , a CNN contributor, epidemiologist and former health commissioner for Detroit, said Saturday.
About 63.2% of adults in the United States have had at least one dose since Friday morning, according to the CDC. If the country maintains its current pace, the United States will not reach the 70% target by mid-to-late July.
Twelve states have already achieved Biden’s single-dose target: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
While the country is pushing for more vaccinations, there is evidence that mass vaccination programs have helped reduce daily infections and deaths.
The United States averaged about 14,300 new cases a day in the past week, up from about 71,300 daily in mid-April, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s also well below the country’s top average, over 250,000 a day, reached in early January, according to John Hopkins.
Nearly 170 million people in the United States – just over half of the country’s population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 137.5 million people – 41.4% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Incentives for vaccines continue
The most recent is Hawaii, which offers a variety of donated prizes, including vacation packages and airline miles, to help achieve the vaccination stages as soon as possible.
“The last 15 or 16 months have been a very difficult time for our tourism sector,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.
Hawaii, which maintains some of the strictest travel restrictions throughout the pandemic, is beginning to loosen air traffic rules, dropping its testing and quarantine requirements for people flying between Hawaii since June 15. All pandemic restrictions will be lifted once the full vaccination rate reaches 70%, the state said.
In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshir announced a new incentive for the state’s Covid-19 vaccine, which will give vaccinated adults a “million-dollar shot,” he said.
“In the coming weeks, three vaccinated Kentuks over the age of 18 will become millionaires,” Beshir said on Friday, adding that 15 Kentuks between the ages of 12 and 17 will win full scholarships to a public state college, university or technical or trade school.
More than 2 million Kentucky residents have already been vaccinated, but Beshear expects a “significant increase” after Friday’s announcement, he said.
In Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis presented Sally Sliger with a super-large check for $ 1 million as the winner of the first draw in the state initiative “Cash Back”.
Slidger said she has lived in Colorado for life and currently lives in Mead with her husband and two children.
“The chances of me and my family getting a million dollars a night seemed impossibly small,” Slidger said, encouraging everyone to get vaccinated for their freedom. “It was surreal, of course.”
Child protection remains a focus
As vaccines continue to enter the arms of eligible teens and adults, health officials remain concerned about the safety of children. Currently, only those over the age of 12 are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine in the United States – and children between the ages of 12 and 15 are only eligible last month.
The increase may be related to more transmissible variants of the coronavirus, a large number of children returning to school and other indoor activities, and changes in physical distance, wearing masks and other preventive behaviors, the researchers wrote.
It is a reminder that children “can still suffer and be hospitalized from this virus,” said Dr. Paul Ofit, director of the Vaccine Training Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“Initially, we had the idea that it was just a disease of the elderly. It’s not true. This virus can also harm children,” Ofit told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Therefore, bans on mandates for school masks in states like Texas are irresponsible and could lead to more children getting sick, Ofit said.
“Having rules that only encourage the spread of this virus – that only encourage more children to get sick – is just pointless,” he said.
The CDC says vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most cases, but unvaccinated people should continue to use them.
The FDA’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Organic Products (VRBPAC), in which Offit sits, will meet on June 10 to discuss what the FDA should consider when authorizing or approving the use of coronavirus vaccines in children under 12. years.
Both Moderna and Pfizer are testing their vaccines in children 11 years of age and younger.
CNN’s Jason Hannah, Deidre McPhillips, Lauren Mascarenhas, Michael Nedelman, Andy Rose, Melissa Alonso, Naomi Thomas and Hannah Sarrison contributed to this report.