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The United States is reporting first-dose vaccine administrations at less than half the pace it was just a few weeks ago, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.
The U.S. reported administering 6.54 million first doses in the week ending Monday, down sharply from 14 million reported in the week ending April 13. On Monday alone, the United States reported administering about 471,000 first doses, the lowest number seen since Feb. 23, when an ice storm had snarled supplies.
More than 147 million Americans, or 56.3% of the adult population, have received at least one dose. About a quarter of Americans, however, say they may not want the vaccine at all, surveys indicate.
New Hampshire, which is leading the country in first doses administered, reported giving 141,431 first-dose shots three weeks ago and in the latest week gave 17,842. South Dakota reported 30,347 first-dose shots three weeks ago and this week reported just 6,621. Wyoming reported giving 12,098 first-dose shots three weeks ago and this week gave 2,844.
On the upside, the U.S. is now averaging fewer than 50,000 new coronavirus cases per day, a level not seen since early October and a sign that the vaccination program is having an impact on the pandemic.
►South Korean officials say North Korea has told Asia’s soccer governing body it would not participate in World Cup qualifiers scheduled to be played in South Korea next month because of coronavirus concerns.
►Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is shuttering the board responsible for licensing nursing home administrators after an investigation by The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, revealed that its members approved a felon who forced employees to work while sick with COVID-19. More than 50 residents at Granite Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center became infected with the disease and at least 15 died.
►Those under 50 years of age make up the largest portion of COVID hospitalizations in the nation at about 35%, as a disease that initially ravaged the senior ranks is victimizing other unprotected adults.
►The Transportation Security Administration reported nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints Sunday, the highest number since mid-March of last year.
📈 Todays numbers: The U.S. has more than 32.47 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 577,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: Over 153.18 million cases and 3.2 million deaths. More than 312.5 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 246.7 million have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 105.5 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.
📘 What were reading: The U.S. is nearing a vaccine tipping point: A dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases could come without herd immunity, some experts say. Read about it here.
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The U.S. will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday following a deadly coronavirus surge that has smashed records and left the country in despair. India has become the first in the world to report more than 400,000 daily cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as the surge threatens global efforts to tamp down the pandemic and return to pre-COVID life.