First, the good news: The United States reported a record-high 4.6 million doses of vaccines administered in one day, according to data published Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Amazing Saturday! +4.63M doses administered over total yesterday, a new record,” tweeted Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, the White House Covid-19 data director. “More than 500K higher than old record last Saturday. Incredible number of doses administered.”
The problem is that more than 75% of the US population isn’t fully vaccinated, according to CDC data Saturday.
Now the bad news: For the third straight week, new Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing, according to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenky.
“Cases and emergency room visits are up,” Walensky said Friday. “We are seeing these increases in younger adults, most of whom have not yet been vaccinated.
The B.1.1.7 variant isn’t just more contagious than the original strain of coronavirus — it’s now the dominant strain the US.
Experts say the B.1.1.7 variant might cause more severe disease and may also be more deadlier. [Continue reading…]