First modification: 08/03/2021 – 06:12
The United States finally managed to inoculate 70% of its population with at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The news comes a month after the date set by the White House and in a context in which the delta variant has once again put the Government on alert. Meanwhile, in Latin America, after weeks with high numbers, Colombia reports the lowest count of infections since March 24.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday that the delta variant of the new coronavirus continues to be a cause for concern in several regions of the planet, this mutation has been detected in at least 132 countries and is one of the four more dangerous due to its rapid spread; some 4.2 million people have died from the virus worldwide since the pandemic began.
The number of infections globally amounts to 198,861,345, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and the number of doses administered exceeds 4,145 million.
The focus is now on the delta variant, which already accounts for between 75% and 80% of new cases detected in countries such as India, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, several of these countries struggle with skepticism towards vaccines or rejection of new containment measures against the virus.
Here are some of the most important news about the Covid-19 pandemic:
- The United States reaches 70% of vaccinated with the first dose
Although the goal of US President Joe Biden was not met with the inoculation of 70% of its population last month, finally this Monday the North American country reached this figure. 70% of citizens have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
This was reported by White House officials, who announced that in the last week some 468,000 doses have been administered, of which about 320,000 have been inoculated in people who have received their first dose.
Milestone Monday just in: Today we hit 70% of adults w / at least one dose! + 468K doses reported administered, incl. 320K newly vaccinated (vs. 257K last Monday). 7-day average of newly vaccinated highest since July 4. Let’s continue working to get more eligible vaccinated! 🇺🇸
– Cyrus Shahpar (@ cyrusshahpar46) August 2, 2021
However, due to the delta variant, the goal achieved has become insufficient and has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend that those vaccinated reuse the masks in closed spaces, which has generated discontent among the population.
Although the variant mainly threatens states with low vaccination rates, the country, one of the hardest hit in the world, already has some 35,055,767 million infections, while at least 613,444 people have died to date.
Due to the delay in the population inoculation process, the White House reaffirmed the need to extend vaccination obligations.
“It is time to impose some requirements based on the reality of the different risks run by those who are not vaccinated versus those who are,” Jeff Zients, coordinator of the government’s pandemic response team, told a news conference Monday.
The official named some companies such as Google or Walmart, in addition to the government itself, which have taken the initiative to force their employees to be vaccinated in order to prevent the spread and within the framework of the new restrictions on the pandemic.
The state of Florida is now the epicenter of this new wave, which features the delta variant, something the government emphasizes defining as the “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
- Colombia adds the lowest number of infections since its last rebound in March
The South American country reported some 6,636 new infections of Covid-19 on Monday, the lowest figure since March 24, when the nation reported 5,986 cases, which shows that it has managed to contain the third in the country.
There were also 218 deaths in the nation, which is the lowest death toll from the virus since April 5, when 199 were documented. So far there have been 121,216 deaths across the country since the pandemic began. Colombia being one of the most affected countries in the region.
Meanwhile, the vaccination campaign continues to advance apace. As of Sunday, some 27,751,197 doses had been administered throughout the country, of which 12,252,821 correspond to the complete vaccination scheme, having achieved the immunization of 24.3% of the Colombian population.