American coronavirus: Vaccines help reduce American Covid-19 numbers. But the virus is now hitting a group of Americans harder

The weekly average mortality of Covid-19 is over 660, according to Johns Hopkins University data. In mid-January, this seven-day average reported roughly 3,400 deaths per day.

According to Johns Hopkins, the country reported an average of more than 49,400 new cases of Covid-19 per day last week. On January 8, there were an average of more than 251,000 cases per day in the country – the highest seven-day average of a pandemic.

“We’re starting to see the impact of these vaccines,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, told CNN on Monday.

Especially, he added, among the country’s older population, which was brought to the fore early in the shots.

Nearly 83% of Americans 65 years of age and older have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, and nearly 70% have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And now health and state leaders are focusing on younger Americans who, according to polls, say they least want a shot.

“This epidemic is now really among young people and is a very dangerous period for vaccination in the country because it is spreading quite effectively among young people and the unvaccinated,” Jha said.

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned last month that the number of cases and hospital care in the country is increasing, especially among younger, unvaccinated adults. In Michigan, which was struggling with a violent spring wave, more younger than ever Covid-19 patients were born in hospitals.

So it is critical that younger Americans too be shot, experts say, both for their own defense and for the country to gain widespread protection.

Governor: Young Oregonians hospitalized with ‘severe’ Covid-19

To increase the number of vaccinations and curb the spread of the coronavirus, governors are now turning to younger residents.

In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown has recently tightened some restrictions amid new cases and a rush of hospital care.

Younger Americans are the least expensive
“Younger, unvaccinated Oregonians show up in our hospitals with severe COVID-19 cases,” Brown said in a statement. “We need Oregonians to act and take personal responsibility for vaccination.”
West Virginia governor Jim Justice said last week the state will offer a $ 100 savings bond to residents ages 16-35 who choose to be vaccinated.
He added on Monday that officials are now also “focusing on new communication strategies so we can really target our young people through social media and streaming services”.
“If we have to go from house to house, we are going from house to house,” Justice said in a statement. “We know these vaccines are incredibly safe, and we know what can happen to those who are exposed and what’s happening on this earth.”
A man wearing a mask walks down Melrose Avenue on April 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

The United States could deal with this “for a long time”

The U.S. vaccination rate has slowed, and experts say the country is now in a difficult phase of its vaccination efforts: it reaches Americans who aren’t so eager to be shot or are still struggling with access challenges.
Life may feel more normal before the herd reaches immunity

More than 44% of the total U.S. population has received at least one vaccine dose, and nearly 32% are fully vaccinated, CDC data show.

Data show that more than 56% of U.S. adults received at least one shot and more than 40.5% were fully vaccinated.

As soon as the U.S. can vaccinate more than 70% of adults, we can finally see the appearance of a normal condition, Jha said Monday.

“The number of cases is going to fall. We may not have stock exemptions, we may experience small outbursts here and there, but life is really back to normal,” he said.

But what if we don’t get there?

“That’s a problem,” Jha said. – We’ve been stuck with this problem for a long time.

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“If we just don’t vaccinate, it’s obviously one of the things we knew about getting big outbreaks, you can get more variants,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to do these big gatherings, indoor concerts, outdoor baseball games, these things are going to be much, much harder if we don’t go any further on vaccinations,” he added.

According to one expert, it is likely that viral infections will remain high in communities with lower vaccination coverage, while in other parts of the country where there are more vaccinations, the incidence will be much lower.

“There’s a real division around vaccination in this country,” Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of CDN, told CNN. “People usually live among people of similar faith.”

An important mandate could come next week

Experts say the only piece of the puzzle is missing, the children are vaccinated.

But there is good news on this front.

A federal government official told CNN that the Food and Drug Administration is ready to authorize the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children and teens ages 12 to 15 by early next week.
FDA approves Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15 until early next week, official says

Pfizer has requested permission for emergency use. The FDA, which is currently reviewing the data submitted by Pfizer, needs to amend the vaccine’s emergency use authorization, but the process should be simple, the official said.

A group of CDC advisors will hold a discussion following any decision by the FDA to extend the EUA to new age groups and will advise the CDC on whether to recommend the use of the vaccine at the age of 12-15.

Walensky will then have to decide whether the agency recommends using the vaccine in the new age group.

“This will immediately hire millions more people eligible for vaccinations. I bet many of these kids will be vaccinated,” Jha told CNN. “It’s also a big change in terms of building the population’s immunity.”

Both Pfizer and Moderna are testing the vaccine in children under 6 months of age and expect the FDA to apply for the EUA for infants and children later this year.

CNN’s Deidre McPhillips and Maggie Fox contributed to this report.