The United States is beginning to defeat the epidemic thanks to its impressive vaccination campaign: it applies about 2 million doses a day and reduces cases.
The hard numbers indicate that new infections, and especially severe cases requiring hospitalization, are clearly on the decline. It has already immunized 60% of adults, and the figures become more spectacular among those over 65, with 85% inoculation.
When was the last time the United States had a day with fewer hospitalizations due to COVID 19 - that is, less than 25 thousand people nationwide? According to the data published daily by The COVID Tracking Project, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the dissemination of hard data related to the pandemic, it was on April 3, 2020, when the global health emergency had barely been declared and is still he was far from knowing the consequences that this virus would bring.
According to another specialized source, news nodes, for more than a year, the numbers of infections and serious cases have not been seen as low as now (And that a year ago the pandemic was just beginning, and it was still missing to see the first peak). The average of positives in a week at the country level is just over 26 thousand new cases. At the same time, hospitalizations have remained at 2.49 percent on the weekly average.
To what does the scientific community attribute this decrease in the number of cases and in the severity of the cases? Absolutely all to vaccines and the successful campaign that this week has achieved, more than 60% of adults in the nation have already received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
When the general population in the country is considered, official data from the CDC indicates that 48.9% of the population nationwide has already received at least one dose of the vaccine. 38.9%, 129,006,463 people have already been fully immunized in the five months that the vaccination campaign has already completed. While these numbers are still a long way from achieving the sought-after herd immunity, when groups, in particular, are considered, the numbers rise considerably.
Among those over 65, who are the population most vulnerable to the virus if age is considered as a factor, in the United States, 85.2% have already received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 73.7% have completed immunization.
In total, the US distributed 357,250,375 doses of vaccines and applied 283,941,223 of them. In many states, no documentation is required to access inoculants. In others, such as New York, there is an intense campaign to vaccinate even tourists. The more immunized there are, the sooner normality will return, and with it, economic activity could fully recover.
Vaccination by states
But while the vaccination campaign is undoubtedly successful in the country, that does not mean that the results are even in all 50 states.
The differences range from 78% of vaccinated adults in Vermont to just 45% of adults in Mississippi.
Seven states have far exceeded 60% of the vaccinated adult population: Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont.
According to information revealed by John Hopkins University, These seven states last week reported several new cases per capita that were up to 10 percent less than in the rest of the states. On average, there were 66 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, against 73 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the other states.
The difference is even greater if the per capita numbers over 100,000 inhabitants are compared between the seven states that have vaccinated the most and the ten states vaccinated the least. There the difference is 19 percent.
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming, the ten states that have vaccinated the least, average 78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Although the federal government is the one that is distributing the vaccines and sends to all the states, several reasons contribute to the disparity. The federal government delivers the doses to all states, but then local authorities organize vaccination in their region. Initially, there may be greater restrictions on accessing vaccines in some states, delaying the process. Today, anyone over 12 years of age can receive their dose anywhere in the country and is already going through a personal choice if they do not want to be inoculated.
In certain areas of the country, there is a greater influence of conspiracy theories against vaccines, especially in the south. A percentage of those who have not yet been vaccinated are convinced that it is not advisable to inoculate because they disbelieve the scientific rigor with which the vaccine (which was approved in record time) was studied. Convincing these people to get vaccinated is the main challenge facing the Biden administration today.
To a lesser extent, some people have not been vaccinated due to lack of access. Especially in communities with economic constraints, or rural workers far from vaccination centers, many have not been able to take time off from their jobs to get vaccinated. In states like Florida, this problem is faced with mobile voting centers and polling places in centers where many workers are concentrated (such as shopping centers, ports, or schools).