Covid-19 and Vaccine News: Live Updates - The New York Times
May 08, 2021 7 mins, 57 secs
states are turning down hundreds of thousands of doses as demand plummets.

Even with more vaccines on the horizon, much of the world will most likely keep waiting for doses.

Biden and Pope Francis urge people to get vaccinated during a broadcast special that will air on Saturday night.

Several states are turning away Covid vaccine doses from their federal government allocations, as the daily average of coronavirus vaccine doses administered across the United States has fallen below two million for the first time since early March.

Experts say the states’ smaller requests reflect a steep drop in vaccine demand in the United States.

Wisconsin officials have asked for just 8 percent of the 162,680 doses the federal government had set aside for the state next week, according to The Associated Press.

In Iowa, officials asked for just 29 percent of the state’s allocated doses.

And in Illinois, the state is planning to request just 9 percent of its allotted doses for everywhere, except for Chicago, for next week, The A.P.

As demand falls and the spread of the virus slows in the United States, the Biden administration is under increasing pressure to share vaccine doses with countries like India, which has been ravaged by a catastrophic surge.

About 83 percent of shots have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries, while only 0.3 percent of doses have been given in low-income countries.

After people who were most eager to be vaccinated had shots, he said, the rollout of vaccines “was going to be a much more challenging prospect.”.

There remain people who are hesitant to take the vaccine or may have other reasons for not doing so, and that has led to a drop in demand, Dr.

Nationwide, since a mid-April peak of some 3.38 million doses administered each day, daily average doses have fallen by about 41 percent.

In turn, that has left states ordering fewer doses than they had at first.

Changes include creating a federal stockpile of vaccine doses to given to states as needed, instead of strictly by population, and investing millions in community outreach to target underserved communities, younger Americans and those hesitant to get shots.

Pharmacies will allow people to walk in for shots, and pop-up and mobile clinics will distribute vaccines, especially in rural areas.

Adalja suggested that federal health guidance should take care to avoid “underselling the vaccine” as the nation tries to get more people vaccinated.

Guidance on issues such traveling and mask-wearing can be loosened “aggressively” for vaccinated people, Dr.

“They seem to be several steps behind what infectious disease doctors like myself are telling people that are fully vaccinated what they can do.”.

Texas and North Carolina are trailing the national average in vaccinations, with about 40 percent of people receiving at least one shot.

The World Health Organization approved one Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine and could soon approve another.

Rich countries have been hoarding doses — the United States has given at least one shot to over 44 percent of its population, while the figure in Africa is 1 percent, according to a University of Oxford database.

As of Tuesday, Covax had shipped 54 million doses, less than a quarter of its earlier April target.

Severe production problems in India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, have left just 2.3 percent of its population fully vaccinated.

In some states, people are being turned away from vaccination centers that have run out of doses.

But a waiver of patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, which the Biden administration is backing, would need approval from the World Trade Organization.

Pledges by rich nations to donate vaccines to poor countries — 60 million AstraZeneca doses from the United States, one million AstraZeneca doses from Sweden — have been described by experts as symbolic, haphazard gestures.

CARE, a global nonprofit group, has estimated that for every $1 spent on vaccine doses, another $5 was needed to guarantee that they made it from airport runways into people’s arms.

Scientists remain hopeful that a second wave of Covid-19 vaccines could ease world demand.

While those two vaccines have to be kept in a deep freezer, CureVac’s vaccine stays stable in a refrigerator — meaning it could more easily deliver the newly discovered power of RNA vaccines to hard-hit parts of the world.

About 38 percent of people have received one dose of a Covid vaccine, and 26 percent are fully vaccinated.

Over a year ago, Puerto Rico became one of the first parts of the United States to lock down to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, another blow to an island that suffered the ravages of Hurricane Maria in 2017, including a nearly yearlong loss of electricity; earthquakes in 2020; and a prolonged financial crisis.

Del Rio said if the cruise line had to skip Florida ports, it could operate out of other states or the Caribbean.

While some states have yet to take a position on businesses requiring vaccines, others are already operating with such protocols in place.

President Biden and Pope Francis are urging people to get vaccinated and underscoring the need for global vaccine equity ahead of a broadcast special that will air on Saturday evening.

Biden and Jill Biden, the first lady, call on Americans to get vaccinated so that people can return to normal activities.

The president also says the administration is working with other nations to distribute shots as demand for vaccines continues to drop in the United States.

In another pretaped video, Pope Francis signaled his support for the suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents to help make shots more accessible for poor and middle-income nations.

The pope said it is a “spirit of justice that mobilizes us to ensure universal access to the vaccine and the temporary suspension of intellectual property rights.” He also urged people “not to forget the most vulnerable” and said the pandemic has exacerbated existing social and environmental crises.

As part of VAX LIVE, Global Citizen has raised about $63.3 million in donation pledges from organizations which will be used to secure more than 12 million vaccine doses for Covax, a vaccine sharing partnership, chief executive Hugh Evans said.

Evans said Global Citizen started coordinating the event early this year and chose to host the concert in May, once organizers thought vaccine supply would begin to outweigh demand in the United States.

Canada pledged about $300 million to the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator, a program launched by the World Health Organization and its partners.

There have been more than 3.5 million confirmed cases of the virus in the country, and more than 78,700 people have died.

The comments came as the European Union signed a deal for up to 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a significant development as the bloc looks to ramp up its inoculation effort after a dispute with AstraZeneca derailed its campaign.

The United States may also face fewer requirements in June.

The organizer of a Grand Canyon hike in October that drew more than 150 people has been charged with five counts in court for leading the excursion, which federal officials said violated Covid-19 restrictions and circumvented rules on charging for tours in national parks.

Adar Poonawalla, the 40-year-old chief of the world’s largest vaccine maker, promised to help lead the global effort to inoculate the poor against Covid-19.

Poonawalla defended his company, saying he had no choice but to hand over vaccines to the Indian government, and laid some blame on the United States for a shortage of raw materials that has stymied production.

Shunty, receives are people who died in their homes, and he said these deaths often aren’t included in the official tallies.

Instead, they have come to the conclusion that the virus will most likely become a manageable threat that will circulate in the United States for years to come, still causing hospitalizations and deaths but in much smaller numbers.

It is also unclear how many people will be vaccinated in the United States and around the world.

Early on, the target herd immunity threshold — the proportion of Americans who need to be protected from the virus so that it can no longer find enough new people to infect — was estimated to be 60 to 70 percent of the population.

Most experts expected that the United States would be able to reach that level once vaccines were available.

President Biden announced that his administration would create a federal stockpile of coronavirus vaccine doses and invest millions in community outreach to help immunize underserved communities and ensure doses go where they’re most needed.

Previously, vaccines were allotted to states strictly on the basis of population, but in some states demand has been falling.

Federal officials informed states on Tuesday that if they did not order their full allocation of doses in a given week, that vaccine would be considered part of a federal pool, available to other states that wanted to order more.

The International Olympic Committee announced that athletes and officials traveling to the Summer Games in Tokyo would be offered doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine before arriving in Japan

The United Nations said that the pandemic has fueled soaring hunger and sharp declines in maternal health globally

Last year, at least 155 million people worldwide needed urgent food aid, a five-year high

As the world’s hopes of returning to a post-pandemic normal rest largely on people’s willingness to take a Covid-19 vaccine, experts and health care professionals are assuring those people that there are ways to overcome this problem

“It would be heartbreaking to me if a fear of needles held someone back from getting this vaccine, because there are things we can do to alleviate that,” said Dr

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