Nursing student Erika Lohr vaccinates one person while others are welcomed in a surveillance area after being shot as California opens vaccination eligibility to all residents 16 and older during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Chula Vista, California, United States. April 15, 2021.
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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 3.5 million vaccinations were given in the United States on Sunday. The 7 day average of daily recordings was over 3 million for 12 days.
Half of all American adults have now received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, according to the CDC. The milestone comes when President Joe Biden’s deadline for states has passed to upgrade their vaccination eligibility requirements. Biden urged states to open appointments for all adults in the US by Monday.
Biden said in a video posted on Twitter Monday that states have met that deadline. He encouraged Americans to get the vaccine.
The nationwide number of new infections every day is still up at an average of 67,400, an increase of 26% from last month’s lows and a slight decrease from the previous week.
US vaccine shots administered
According to CDC data, the United States reports an average of more than 3 million daily vaccinations in the past seven days.
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccinations are still on hold after the Food and Drug Administration and CDC advised states to temporarily suspend use of the shot after six women developed rare but serious blood clotting problems.
The US has given far fewer J&J vaccines than Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, but the one-shot option is useful for certain situations and communities. Mass injection sites and mobile vans have an easier time with Johnson & Johnson’s storage requirements, and administering a two-dose regimen can be challenging in certain populations, e.g. B. in prisoners who change institutions, or in the homeless who do not have permanent residence.
US percentage of the vaccinated population
On Sunday, the CDC reported that half of all adults in the United States had received at least one shot. Of those over 65, 81% have received one dose or more, and around two-thirds are fully vaccinated.
Nearly 40% of the total US population, including those currently uneligible for available vaccines, have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, according to CDC data, and more than 25% are fully vaccinated.
US Covid cases
The 7-day average of new infections every day in the US is around 67,400, according to Johns Hopkins University. That number is up 26% from the country’s most recent low of about 53,600 in late March, but is down slightly from a week ago.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday that he expected warmer weather and increased vaccination rates, which would lead to a decline in the number of cases.
“I think we’re going to see the pandemic spread across the United States in terms of cases,” he said. “We will still have outbreaks in some parts of the country – we will never practically eliminate this virus – but I think you will find the cases fall pretty dramatically in May.”
Gottlieb cited San Francisco as an example of where the country could go. The city reports that 40% of adults are fully vaccinated and only about 30 new cases of Covid occur each day.
US Covid deaths
The US currently reports 723 Covid deaths per day based on Hopkins data.
On Saturday, the global death toll from Covid-19 exceeded 3 million, more than the population of Chicago and the equivalent of Philadelphia and Dallas combined.
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC employee and a member of the boards of directors of Pfizer, genetic testing startup Tempus, health technology company Aetion Inc., and biotech company Illumina. He is also co-chair of the Healthy Sail Panel for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean.