US Covid-19 Update: All 50 States To Make Vaccine’s Eligible For All By May 1st

All 50 states have announced plans to open up Covid-19 vaccinations for all adults by May 1st.

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More than a dozen states have already loosened up their health and safety restrictions, or completely lifted them all together. Montana, Connecticut, and New Hampshire will be vaccinating all adults beginning this week and New York and Florida are expected to join them next week. President Joe Biden is urging states to open up vaccination opportunities for all by the beginning of May. 

In Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that all residents who are 16 and older will receive immediate eligibility to receive the vaccine. The Governor, however, is also responsible for lifting the statewide mask mandate prematurely. “I’ve talked to a number of restaurant owners who will continue requiring masks within their restaurant for the safety of their employees and patrons. Please be respectful and mindful that, while the mask mandate has been lifted, many businesses will continue to require it.”

The US currently has over 30.9 million Covid-19 cases and more than 550,900 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In total worldwide there have been 128.3 million cases and 2.8 million deaths. More than 189 million vaccine doses have officially been distributed in the US and 147 million have been administered, according to the CDC. This increase in distribution couldn’t have come at a better time as the nation faces a slew of new coronavirus variants. 

“The United States has reported more known coronavirus variants in the last week –nearly 4,300 – than it reported through the middle of March.”

“Tuesday night’s tally reflected more than 1,000 new cases just since Sunday’s report. The U.S. now has 12,053 known cases of variants that can spread COVID-19 more easily, dodge some treatments and immunities, or both,” according to the CDC. California alone reported more than 280 variant cases this Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases up to 865. 

Most of the variant cases are the B117 virus which is most prominent in the United Kingdom currently. California’s P1 variant, however, has been spreading the most throughout the state. “P.1 was first seen in Brazil. Massachusetts reported 266 new cases, bringing its total to 732. Several states that hadn’t had much of a known variant problem suddenly have much larger problems. West Virginia went from just three known variant cases on Sunday to 53 on Tuesday, while Nevada went from 11 cases on Sunday to 63 cases on Tuesday. Idaho jumped from 18 to 32,” USA Today reported. 

The majority of US adults have polled that they’ve either been vaccinated already or fully intend to in the future. That number of willing Americans has only increased since the initial release of a Covid-19 vaccine, when more citizens were more skeptical over the contents of the vaccine itself. In fact, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, “initially of those surveyed 61% said they’re taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to taking the vaccine; that percentage has now shrunk to 17%.”

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“Average daily reported cases are up 10% compared to a week earlier, and as COVID-19 cases creep up again across the country, federal officials and epidemiologists say they’re worried we could hit another tipping point.”

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The US and a dozen of other powerful countries recently issued a rare joint statement that questions the validity of the World Health Organization study that claimed the origin of the coronavirus was found within an animal. 

“We support a transparent and independent analysis and evaluation, free from interference and undue influence, of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, we join in expressing shared concerns regarding the recent WHO-convened study in China,” the statement claims, which was issued by the U.S. State Department in coordination with other government bodies, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The statement itself strongly emphasized the support of WHO as an organization, and didn’t blame Chine directly for interfering with the study in question. However, the implication was there, as the statement claimed that health experts were delayed in studying the origins of the virus, and when they did gain access they were denied the complete scope of the situation. 

“The mission of the WHO is critical to advancing global health and health security. Scientific missions like these should be able to do their work under conditions that produce independent and objective recommendations and findings.” The WHO’s director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also added that: “I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough. Further data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions.”