Everything you need to know about vaccine distribution and progress in America and internationally.
On Thursday, the White House Covid Response team announced that 52% of adult Americans are fully vaccinated and 63% of adult Americans have received at least one shot. 12 states have 70% of adults with at least one shot. 28 states and the District of Columbia have vaccinated 50% or more of their adult population.
The team announced that Covid-19 cases are down 90% and deaths are down over 85%. “Our successful vaccination program isn’t just saving tens of thousands of lives. It’s letting tens of millions of Americans get back to living their lives” said Jeff Zients.
Dr. Fauci briefly touched on Covid-19 therapeutics, such as monoclonal antibodies. Fauci announced that “exciting data” reveal a single 500-milligram dose of the monoclonal antibody, sotrabamab, by GSK and Vir, reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 85% for patients who are at risk for progression of Covid-19.
With all of this promising news, Dr. Rochelle Walensky encouraged adolescents 12 and older who haven’t been vaccinated to get their shots because of “troubling data” regarding the hospitalizations of adolescents with COVID-19.
A ‘concerning’ amount of adolescents are being admitted to the hospital who require treatment in the intensive care unit with mechanical ventilation. “I strongly encourage parents to get their teens vaccinated as I did mine,” expressed Walensky.
Those who are still unvaccinated are advised to continue following CDC because they are at risk of getting ill or spreading the virus.
In efforts to get as many people vaccinated by July 4, the Administration is kicking off a Month of Action, mobilizing an all America effort that includes:
—New commitments from childcare providers across the country to provide free drop-in childcare to allow parents to get vaccinated
—Extended hours of local pharmacies for vaccinations, including many pharmacies that will be open 24 hours every Friday, starting next week
—Commitments from states in the private sector to incentivize vaccinations and celebrate our progress, including free beer for everyone over the age of 21
For countries abroad, today the Biden administration announced its framework for sharing at least 80 million U.S. vaccine doses globally by the end of June and the plan for the first 25 million doses. President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world. The Biden administration will pursue several additional measures beyond the United States’ robust funding for COVAX by:
—Donating from the U.S. vaccine supply to the world and encouraging other nations to do the same
—Working with U.S. manufacturers to increase vaccine production for the rest of the world
—Helping more countries expand their own capacity to produce vaccines including through support for global supply chains
“This vaccine strategy is a vital component of our overall global strategy to lead the world in the fight to defeat COVID-19, including emergency public health assistance and aid to stop the spread and building global public health capacity and readiness to beat not just this pandemic, but the next one.” said the Administration in a statement released Thursday.
The U.S. will share 75% of these vaccines through COVAX and share 25% for immediate needs and to help with surges around the world.
Approximately 6 million doses are going to South and Central American countries. 7 million doses are going to Asian countries and 5 million doses are going to countries in Africa. 6 million doses will be targeted toward regional priorities and partner recipients including Mexico, Canada, and the Republic of Korea, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as for United Nations frontline workers.
The Administration will also be working with G7 partners in multilateral efforts to combat and help end the pandemic.
National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan stated, “Across the coming weeks, the administration will move as expeditiously as possible, and work through regulatory requirements and logistical details to ensure the safe and secure delivery of doses.”