100 million people now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S.


According to CDC data released on Friday, 101,407,318 Americans have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This milestone comes 471 after the first confirmed case in the United States.

Of the 101 million vaccinated Americans, 63,749,364 are elders and 614,288 are minors. Pfizer-BioNTech is currently the most commonly-administered vaccine, beating Moderna by over 20 million vaccinations.

The average vaccination counts have been steadily declining in the past week because of low demand. There remain about 71 million doses that have been distributed and not yet administered.

About 35 million Americans have received their first dose of either Pfizer or Moderna and are now waiting to receive their second, which will bring the total number of vaccinations to at least 136 million in the coming weeks.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Canada increasing to 2 million doses each week


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a press conference on Friday that Pfizer will be increasing its deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to two million doses a week, from the U.S., starting next week.

“This will mark another major ramp-up. We will continue to work with provinces and territories to get these doses to Canadians as quickly as possible,” Trudeau said.

Throughout the pandemic, Pfizer has been sending Canada doses from Belgium, when American plants were off-limits due to export controls put in place by the Trump administration.

But Procurement Minister Anita Anand says Pfizer will now start producing Canada’s doses from Michigan.

It’s the first time the U.S. has allowed that company’s vaccine exported north.

The production shift assures Canada’s supplies will not be hit by European export controls.

The change will not impact Canada’s planned deliveries in any way which means the country is still on track to receive 2 million doses each week in the month of May and 2.4 million a week in June.

CDC: 30% of U.S. Population Fully Vaccinated Against Coronavirus


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday reported that 30% of the entire U.S. population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

More than 43% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to CDC data. When limited to just adults aged 18 and older, nearly 55% of the group has received at least one dose.

The U.S. has administered over 237 million doses of the three vaccines that the Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. The vast majority of the shots administered came from either Pfizer or Moderna.

Germany Gives Record 1.1 Million Covid Shots as Cases Ease


Germany administered a record of just under 1.1 million Covid-19 shots Wednesday, further accelerating efforts to control the pandemic in Europe’s biggest economy.

General practitioners administered a total of 730,000 doses, and vaccine centers another 360,000 shots, accounting for more than 1% of the population for the first time, Health Minister Jens Spahn said at a news conference in Berlin.

“That shows how much speed we’ve gained,” Spahn said. “It’s not enough yet to gain herd immunity in the population, but every shot offers protection.”

After a sluggish start, Germany is helping lead the charge in Europe’s quickening Covid vaccination campaign, with 25.9% of its residents now having received a single dose and 7.5% fully covered.

One dose of vaccine halves transmission – study


A single dose of a coronavirus vaccine can reduce household transmission of the virus by up to half, a study shows.

Those given a first dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines – and who became infected three weeks later – were between 38% and 49% less likely to pass the virus on than unvaccinated people, PHE found.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the study’s results as “terrific news”.

He has urged “everybody to get their vaccines as soon as they are eligible”.

In the study, protection against Covid was seen from about 14 days after vaccination, with similar levels of protection regardless of age of cases or contacts, PHE said in a statement.

It added that this protection was on top of the reduced risk of a vaccinated person developing symptomatic infection in the first place, which is around 60 to 65% – four weeks after one dose of either vaccine.

Britain’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout reaches new landmark as 25% of adults get both jabs


One-quarter of all adults in the UK have now had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, jabs rollout minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced.

The latest data shows nearly 47million jabs have been administered in the UK with 12,897,123 of those second doses.

It comes as deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales have fallen 97 per cent since the peak of the second wave of the virus, new figures suggest.

Some age groups have recorded drops as high as 98 per cent or 99 per cent, as the combined impact of the lockdown and the vaccine rollout continues to drive down the number of infections and hospital admissions.

A total of 266 deaths occurred in the week ending April 9 where Covid-19 was recorded on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is down 97 per cent from 8,965 deaths in the week to January 22, the peak of the second wave, when more than a thousand deaths were taking place each day.

U.S. to Share AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Doses With World


The Biden administration is making plans to share millions of doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and preparing a major effort to help India fight a resurgence of the virus, as calls mount for the U.S. to do more to assist developing countries in confronting the pandemic.

The White House said Monday it would share as many as 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with the rest of the world. U.S. officials also said they were exploring options to urgently dispatch oxygen and related supplies to India.

President Biden spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as India reported 352,991 new coronavirus cases on Monday, marking the fifth consecutive day the country set a global record for a single-day rise in infections.

The Biden administration has faced growing pressure to share vaccine doses with India and other developing countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and are far behind wealthier countries in procuring and administering vaccine doses.

India’s hospitals have been overwhelmed, with beds and oxygen in short supply and crematoriums running out of space as the country recorded a million new cases in just three days. Reports and images of people dying on the pavement waiting for treatment have underscored the severity of the surge.

AstraZeneca declined to comment on whether it was consulted on the decision. “The doses are part of AstraZeneca’s supply commitments to the U.S. government,” a spokeswoman for AstraZeneca said in an email. “Decisions to send U.S. supply to other countries are made by the U.S. government.”

A senior Indian official said New Delhi hadn’t specifically requested the supply of unused AstraZeneca doses, but would gladly accept a portion of them if offered.

COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations all declining in the US


The weekly average of cases, deaths and hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 are all down in the past week, according to figures from the CDC.

The drop comes after cases slightly increased earlier this month. It also comes as more and more Americans get vaccinated against the virus.

As of Monday, the CDC reports that about 54% of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That figure includes 81.7% of people 65 and older — the group most vulnerable to the virus.

UK – People in 30s could receive Covid jab invites ‘within days’


People in their 30s could be offered their first Covid vaccine appointment within the next week, it has been reported. Officials are said to be close to finalising a deal that will roughly double the UK’s original order of 40 million Pfizer Covid jabs, The Times reports. This order will then be used to offer younger people an alternative vaccine to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab.

It was previously stated that those aged between 35 and 39 would be invited to book their first dose of a Covid vaccination towards the end of May. The Government is aiming to have all adults in the UK offered a jab by the end of July.