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More than 40% of adults in the US are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, CDC data shows

People sit in the observation area after receiving a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the American Museum of Natural History vaccination site in New York, , on Friday, April 30.
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People sit in the observation area after receiving a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at the American Museum of Natural History vaccination site in New York, , on Friday, April 30.

More than 105.5 million people in the United States are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 — including more than 40% of the adult population and nearly 70% of the senior population — according to data published Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The CDC reported that 246,780,203 total doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered, about 79% of the 312,509,575 doses delivered.  

That’s about 1.2 million more doses reported administered since Sunday, for a seven-day average of about 2.3 million doses per day. The average daily rate of vaccinations has been declining for about two weeks. 

Data published by the CDC may be delayed, and doses may not have been given on the day reported. 

Global Covid-19 spread turns world into a "petri dish," acting US FDA commissioner says

The continuing spread of Covid-19 will only fuel the rise of more variants, US Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said Monday.

“With so much virus replication going on in many parts of the world, it’s like a giant petri dish. And so they’re going to be spitting up variants all the time because there’s so much virus replication,” Woodcock told Dr. Marc Siegel on SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio Reports.

 “We just have to be on our guard,” she added.  

Woodcock said variants may easily evade some current antibody treatments like Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab, but vaccines so far appear to protect well against variants. Monoclonal antibodies are lab-engineered immune system proteins that work against specific targets. Vaccines elicit a broad immune response.

“We’ve already seen that with the variants in the United States, with bamlanivimab, and that it’s no longer effective against a number of the variants circulating in the United States,” Woocock said.

“This was expected with the monoclonals because they’re just monoclonal, of course. And so they have an exquisite specificity and they’re vulnerable to this type of shift. The vaccine is more robust because you’re having a human response, a polyclonal response.”

Woodcock said increased viral surveillance is important in understanding what needs to be done to combat variants.

President Biden predicts some normalcy in the US "by the end of the summer"

President Biden touted vaccination progress on Monday and predicted a return to some normalcy “by the end of the summer.”

“I think by the end of the summer, we’ll be in a very different position than we are now,” he said when asked to predict a timeline for a return to normalcy, citing his administration’s work to ramp up vaccine production and commitment to scaling it up to help other countries “once we take care of all Americans.”

He also addressed vaccine hesitancy, citing some promising statistics.  

“What’s happening now is all the talk about how people were not going to get shots and were not going to be involved, we were told that was most likely to be among people who are 65 years of age. But now, people over 65 years of age over 80% have now been vaccinated, and 66%, fully vaccinated. And there’s virtually no difference between white, Black, Hispanic, and Asian-American,” he said.

He touted ongoing efforts to expand vaccine access and steps toward promoting vaccine equity.

“What we’ve done, under some criticism, is we have expanded access to vaccinations to familiar places — 40,000 drugstores now, also all of the community health centers that are available all across the nation, mobile units going out, and it’s getting better and better and better,” he said.

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