Half of America's Adults Are Already Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

source: npr.org

More than 60% of those over 18 years of age - which in total correspond to some 160 million people - have received at least one dose of one of the three vaccines authorized in the country.

The United States reached the complete vaccination of 50% of its adult population this Tuesday. At the same time, the decline in the number of infections and daily deaths from covid-19 continues in the battle against the pandemic that has already left more than 590,000 deaths since the beginning of last year.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English), 50% of the population is already fully vaccinated, representing more than 129 million people. In comparison, 61.6%, more than 158 million, have at least one dose of the serums available already injected.

At a press conference, Andy Slavitt, one of the White House's leading advisers against the pandemic, remarked that the data represents "a huge milestone" in vaccination efforts in the country. "That number was just 1% when we arrived," Slavitt said about the inauguration of US President Joe Biden on January 20.

The first vaccine was inoculated in the country on December 14. There are currently three vaccines against covid-19 available in the US: the single-dose from Johnson & Johnson and the two-dose from Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech.

In recent weeks, as the vaccination process progressed, the number of infections and daily deaths have been decreasing. Yesterday, Monday, there were 379 deaths and 24,400 new infections, the lowest figures in a year.

Improving the pandemic situation in the United States has allowed health authorities to point out last week that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask indoors and outdoors, something received with some suspicion by the population after more than 16 months of the mandatory mask.

President Joe Biden has set a goal for 70% of adults in the United States to have received at least one dose before the national holiday of July 4, but the vaccination campaign has slowed as it seeks to reach the most skeptical. Or indifferent.

To combat the slowdown in the campaign, the authorities have launched various state programs to encourage vaccination, such as the creation of special lotteries and the delivery of gifts, including beer and food.

Likewise, the Government has sealed alliances with popular dating applications, such as Tinder or OkCupid, which have promised to offer unique benefits on their platforms for those who show that they have been vaccinated. Their users will be able to filter their searches based on whether they are vaccinated.

Today's data is known the same day that the American biotechnology company Moderna announced that its vaccine against covid-19 is "highly effective" in adolescents between 12 and 17 years old, according to the complete results of clinical trials.

Moderna said that it plans to apply for authorization to use its vaccine for this age group in "early June" to "regulators around the world." Another vaccine, Pfizer / BioNTech, has already been licensed for adolescents in several countries, including the United States.

One of the hardest hit by the pandemic, the country reached 33,140,372 confirmed cases and 590,262 deaths from covid-19 on Monday.

The provisional death toll -590,262- far exceeds the lower limit of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected in the best of cases between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.

US President Joe Biden has predicted that more than 600,000 people in the country will die from the virus.