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Although 55% of Puerto Rico residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, US territory is struggling with an increase in cases and admissions, while trying to support an economy plagued by coronavirus pandemics in recent years. hurricanes earthquakes and a protracted financial crisis.
While health authorities say many are eager to be vaccinated – more than 2 million doses have been administered on the island by 3.3 million US citizens – they note that some people who are not yet fully protected are ignoring restrictions, which includes a curfew lasting more than a year.
This and the spread of new variants may be partly due to the current increase in infections, which in the last week of April rose to 28 new daily cases per. 100,000 people compared to 17 per. 100,000 on the American mainland.
“The solution is vaccination,” said Governor Pedro Pierluisi, who has resisted tighter restrictions after Puerto Rico introduced a lockdown and masking mandate in front of any U.S. state. The island has reported around 2,000 COVID deaths.
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►Los Angeles County Public Health Authority reported no new COVID-19 deaths Sunday. Infections remain at the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic.
►New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces Monday that it eases COVID restrictions as the number of cases continues to fall in the state.
►Colorado’s governor has extended a mandate to state masks for another 30 days, but loosened face-to-face requirements for groups vaccinated against COVID-19.
►Illinois is approaching 10 million vaccinations, public health officials said Sunday. The state with more than 12 million inhabitants has reported more than 1.3 million cases of coronavirus and 22,019 deaths.
Tal Today’s figures: The United States has more than 32.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 577,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Total sums: Over 152.4 million cases and nearly 3.19 million deaths. More than 312.5 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the United States, and 245.5 million have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 104.7 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.
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US to talk to WTO about wider vaccine distribution
The White House says the U.S. Trade Representative will initiate talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that keep critically needed COVID-19 vaccines from becoming more widespread.
The White House has been under intense pressure to participate in an effort to help derogate from patent rules for the vaccines so that poor countries can start making their own generic versions.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday on CBS ‘”Face the Nation” that U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will start negotiations “on how we can make this vaccine more widespread, more licensed and more shared.”
Klain and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the administration would have more to say on the matter in the coming days.
About 92% of Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccine returned for their second shot
About 1 in 12 Americans have not received their second scheduled dose of COVID-19 vaccine on time, and while that worries epidemiologists, follow-up is far better than other adult two-dose vaccines.
According to recent data from the CDC, approx. 92% of people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine returned it to their second shot.
Experts noted that such two-dose regimen completion numbers for the most widely used coronavirus vaccines are a cause for celebration.
“With the largest mass vaccination program in history, 92% of the people who come back for their second shot are a huge victory,” says Dr. Monica Gandhi, a specialist in infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco.
The second shot matters because it provides stronger immunity to COVID-19. The first dose, called the priming dose, introduces the body to the spike protein on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. The second boosts the immune system so that the body is ready to fight the virus if it is exposed to it. Read more here.
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India is setting global records, but the reality is probably even worse
India smashed another daily global record of new infections on Saturday with more than 400,000 new cases, but at least one expert says the real number could be much higher than that. Dr. Prabhat Jha from the University of Toronto estimates, based on modeling from a previous wave in India, that the true number of infections could be 10 times higher than the official reports.
“Entire houses are infected,” Jha said. “If a person is being tested in the house and reports that they are positive and everyone else in the house is starting to get symptoms, it is clear that they have COVID, so why be tested?”
India reported 392,488 new infections on Sunday, slightly down from the previous 24 hours.
The United States has begun sending valuable vaccine components, oxygen and masks to India, and other countries are also providing aid, but demand will still exceed supply. President Joe Biden’s administration also plans to limit travel between the United States and India beginning Tuesday.
Contribution: Associated Press
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