The Biden administration will begin allocating vaccine doses away from lower-demand states to those where demand is still high, an official administrator said Tuesday.

The rush for vaccination has affected much of the country, with some states rejecting all or part of their weekly dose allocations. The federal government will now move some of these doses to areas where appointments are still difficult to obtain.

Governors were informed of the White House amendment on Tuesday. The official spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity before the expected public announcement later today.

The United States reports vaccination losses of the first dose in less than half the rate just a few weeks ago, a U.S. TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The United States reported administering 6.54 million first doses in the week ending Monday, down sharply from 1

4 million reported in the week ending April 13. On Monday alone, the country reported that it administered about 471,000 first doses, the lowest number seen since Feb. 23, an ice storm had snatched supplies.

More than 147 million Americans or 44% of the U.S. population have received at least one dose. Herd immunity is estimated to require vaccination of 70% or more of the population. More than a quarter of all Americans say they do not want the vaccine, studies show.

The good news: Some experts say it may not take “crew immunity” to see a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases that 30 to 40 million first shots could be enough for the U.S. to reach a tipping point and containment of pandemic.

The United States now has, on average, fewer than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus a day, a level not seen since early October, and a sign that the vaccination program is already affecting the pandemic.

Also in the news:

►President Joe Biden wants 70% of American adults to have at least one COVID-19 shot by July 4, a goal he is ready to announce on Tuesday along with new steps to vaccinate more vulnerable populations and preparations for vaccination of teenagers.

►Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican who tested positive in July, repealed the state’s COVID-19 emergency statement, which went into effect Tuesday, citing data showing declining new cases and admissions.

►Indiana State Fair returns with some changes this summer, a year after the pandemic forced its cancellation, fair officials announced Tuesday.

►President Joe Biden will give an update on the virus and the national vaccination program today at 14.30 ET.

►Gov. Phil Murphy announced a “Shot and Beer” program that entitles New Jerseyans to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine this month for a free beer at one of 13 craft breweries across the state.

► South Korean officials say North Korea has told the Asian football governing body that it will not participate in the World Cup qualifiers planned for the game in South Korea next month due to coronavirus problems.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 32.47 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 577,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Total sums: Over 153.18 million cases and 3.2 million deaths.

📘 What we read: I was wrong about the COVID-19 vaccines. Here’s what I learned.

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The EU expects enough vaccine for 70% of adults in July

A quarter of all EU residents have received a first dose as the 27-nation vaccine effort gains momentum after a slow, controversial start, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Struggles to achieve solid vaccine purchase commitments left Europe behind vaccination campaigns in the US and UK.

“Vaccination is gaining momentum across the EU: we have just passed 150 million vaccinations,” tweeted Leyen in several languages. “We will get enough doses to vaccinate 70% of EU adults in July.”

True ‘herd immunity’ may not be necessary

It may not require true “crew immunity” to see a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases, some experts say.

While cases are rising in some states, they are falling nationwide. Perhaps most important of all is that they fall rapidly in highly vaccinated age groups.

Among Americans age 65 and older, who are most vulnerable to the disease, two-thirds are fully vaccinated. They were 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people of the same age who were not vaccinated, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

“When you are 50% or more (vaccinated), you have a significant downward decline in cases,” said Dr. Robert Wachter, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

“Half the people who are potentially exposed to the virus can no longer get it. That’s a very big thing.” Read more here.

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Travel restrictions to India come into force today

The United States will restrict travel from India from Tuesday after a deadly coronavirus wave that shattered 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 increase threatens global efforts to quell the pandemic and return to life before COVID.

The country’s official number of coronavirus cases exceeded 20 million on Tuesday, nearly doubling in the last three months, while deaths have officially passed 220,000. Surprising as these numbers are, the true numbers are thought to be far higher, subordinating an apparent reflection of the problems in the health care system. Here’s what we know.

As the crisis in India became more urgent last week, the White House said the United States could share as many as 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine once it has received federal approval in the coming months. And the U.S. International Development Agency began flying emergency supplies to the country, including oxygen cylinders, rapid diagnostic tests and 100,000 N95 masks to help India protect its frontline health workers.

Florida Gov. DeSantis invalidates COVID-19 restrictions nationwide

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended local COVID-19 emergency orders Monday and signed a proposal that lawmakers approved last week restricted the government’s ability to impose mask requirements and other social distancing measures used to fight coronavirus in Florida. the past year.

The measure, Senate Bill 2006, also permanently contains DeSantis’ ordinance banning “vaccine passports,” saying it is unnecessary “to police people at this time.”

“I think if you say you really say you do not believe in the vaccines, you do not believe in the data, you do not believe in science,” DeSantis said at a bill signing ceremony in St. Louis. Petersburg. , Florida.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended local COVID-19 emergency orders throughout Florida on Monday.

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FDA recommended OK Pfizer vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to 15

The Food and Drug Administration will soon approve the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for teens ages 12 to 15, who may be eligible to receive the shots as early as next week.

The highly anticipated decision, which is likely to be supported by the CDC, would allow most middle and high school students to be vaccinated before summer camps and the start of the 2021-22 school year.

The current age requirement for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 16, and it is 18 for shots Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. These two companies are also testing their vaccines on children under 18 years of age.

In addition to appeasing parents eager to have their young vaccinated against coronavirus, FDA approval will expand the pool of Americans eligible to be inoculated at a time when the U.S. vaccination campaign is beginning to mark in the face of hesitation and direct rejection from some people.

In a recent trial, Pfizer-BioNTech in 2,260 adolescents aged 12-15 showed that its two-dose vaccine was extremely safe and completely effective. Of the 16 adolescents infected with COVID-19 in the trial, all had received placebo, none the active vaccine.

– Karen Weintraub

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