The United States has already vaccinated half of its population with the complete guideline against COVID-19, a milestone that is reached days after the European Union reached the same goal, the White House reported on Friday. “50% of Americans (of all ages) are already fully vaccinated,” said Cyrus Shahpar, the White House coronavirus data director, on his official Twitter account.
Friday just in: +821K doses reported administered, including 565K newly vaccinated. 7-day average of newly vaccinated is up 11% from last week and 44% over past 2 weeks. 50% of Americans (all ages) are now fully vaccinated. Keep going! ??
– Cyrus Shahpar (@ cyrusshahpar46) August 6, 2021
More than 165.6 million Americans have received the full schedule of vaccines, which is equivalent to half the nation’s population and 58.4% of those over 12 years of age, according to the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC). The announcement comes four days after the United States reached, a month late, the goal that President Joe Biden had set for himself on July 4: to have 70% of its adult population immunized with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this Monday.
Strike Against Vaccines
After a smooth start to the vaccination campaign between December and May, the process has slowed down in the last two months in the United States, given the reluctance of a good part of the population to inoculate, especially in several southern states and the center of the country. That pulse with the anti-vaccines has coincided with an explosion of infections and hospitalizations that have returned the epidemiological situation in the country to the levels it registered in February, due to the expansion of the delta variant, much more contagious.
In recent days, however, the US health authorities have been optimistic about the increase in vaccinations and have assured that immunization is increasing in the states with the highest rates of infections, such as Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma or Mississippi. Shahpar maintained that optimism in his tweet this Friday, in which he assured that the weekly average of people who have received the first dose of the vaccine has grown “11% since last week and 44% in the last two weeks” .
The EU surpassed the mark of half of the vaccinated population last Tuesday, weeks after countries such as Germany, France and Spain individually reached that milestone.
“The contagions will rise”
Biden acknowledged this Friday that infections will probably “rise” even more in the country before being brought under control, but stressed that the situation is different from a year ago, because the disease is fundamentally affecting the unvaccinated. “The United States can defeat the delta variant, just as we defeated the original COVID-19,” he said during a speech at the White House on the occasion of the publication of the unemployment data for the month of July.
Although unemployment fell five tenths to 5.4%, the lowest level since March 2020, the president stressed that this Friday was not a day “of celebration”, because there is much to be done to contain COVID-19, and urged to be vaccinated to prevent the repetition of “the same economic damage” of the beginning of the pandemic.