It’s been some time since the first case of coronavirus appeared in the world. Though we have been through a very tough time, everything has changed thanks to the vaccine. In today’s coronavirus news update, let’s find out what advancement we have made since then.
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Coronavirus News: Great New Steps to a Bright Future
First Big Holiday
Yes, you heard it right! For the first time in more than a year, millions of fully vaccinated Americans were able to safely enjoy an intimate holiday gathering without masks on Memorial Day.
According to Bob Alfera, one of the residents in Santa Monica, California, “it’s nice to see people really all in a good mood” and “it feels very, very close to normal.” However, the majority of Americans are still not completely vaccinated, raising the prospect of yet another post-holiday spike of Covid-19 cases.
Last year’s Memorial Day celebrations included crowds of unvaccinated revelers packed around each other. The following month, at least 16 states postponed or scaled back their reopening plans to combat surges. Vaccinations, according to health experts, are expected to reduce a post-holiday rise this year. Vaccines, however, are only effective if individuals use them.
First Drop in the Number of Cases
For the first time since March 2020, the United States has registered a seven-day average of less than 20,000 new daily Covid-19 cases. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the daily average of new cases has reduced to around 17,248 as of Monday. However, that figure might be lower than reality because some cases over the weekend and Memorial Day holiday may not have yet been reported.
Nonetheless, it is a spectacular achievement that comes after more than a year of loss and suffering across the country and the world. And it’s one worth pausing for, to realize both the damage and the progress the US has achieved. In March of last year, the number of Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations began to rise dramatically, and fatalities followed. At least 80% of the country’s population was required to stay at home.
That was the first of several shattering surges. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 33 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus, and more than 594,000 have died as a result. According to CDC data, more than 40 percent of the country has been fully vaccinated. More than half of the US population has received at least the first dose of vaccine.
Seeking for Approval
While the number of new Covid-19 cases continues to decline as more Americans become vaccinated, Moderna announced on Tuesday that it is pursuing complete clearance for its vaccine from the US Food and Drug Administration.
Moderna’s two-shot vaccination has been supplied under an FDA emergency use authorization for Americans 18 and older since December. Moderna is the second corporation in the United States to seek such permission. Following an April 1 statement that its clinical studies indicated over 91 percent effectiveness after six months, Pfizer stated on May 7 that it would begin its own application for adults 16 and older.
Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have proven to be relatively safe in clinical studies and the real world, according to Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. He claims that any significant adverse effects have occurred within two months following immunization throughout the history of vaccinations.
There’s no telling what the future has in store for us and how the pandemic will change in the near future, but we will surely overcome the challenges at a steady pace.
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