Latest number from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) This indicates that one in four American adults is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the agency’s Vaccine Tracker, approximately 64.2 million adults aged 18 and older, or 24.9% of the population, have either received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson jab or are either Pfizer and BioNtech or Modern Vaccines.

Overall, the country has seen 171 million shots with a daily average now hovering around 3.1 million. At the new accelerated pace, the US is on track to surpass President Biden’s new goal of operating 200 million vaccines before its 100th day, which falls on 30 April.

The president has also extended the deadline for states to make all adults eligible to receive the vaccine on April 19, though most have already opened registration and begun vaccinating 16 more residents. Holdouts remain in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington, but are scheduled to open eligibility before or after President Biden’s deadline.

On Wednesday, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Drs. Rochelle Wallensky said that “there is too much reason for hope”, but cautioned against states leaving their guards prematurely as cases and hospitals escalate recently. .

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During the White House COVID-19 briefing, Valensky said, “These trends are pointing to two clear truths.” “One, the virus is still with us – infecting people and putting them in harm’s way – and we need to be vigilant. And, two, we have a personal responsibility to accelerate our vaccination efforts and get vaccinated.” Need to take. ” We Can.”

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Recent studies by both Pfizer and BioNTech and Moderna have suggested that protection against COVID-19 remains after at least six months of vaccination. Another has shown that both vaccines were 80% protective after one dose, but experts warn immunity veins at an accelerated rate without receiving a second dose.

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“When you drop it at just one dose, the question is, how long does it last? And when you’re working with variants, you’re in a tencent zone,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease specialist and recently director of the National Incentive for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said.

Granthshala News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.