Half of adults in the US have received at least one Covid shot as a milestone in the vaccination campaign

Dr. Jerry Abraham, director of Kedren Vaccines, right, gives Jose Guzman-Wug, 16, a COVID-19 shot while his mother Adriana Wug watches at Kedren Health in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

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Half of all adults in the United States have now received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a major milestone in the largest vaccine campaign in the country.

More than 129 million people aged 18 and over received at least one shot, according to the CDC, representing 50.4% of the total adult population. More than 83 million adults, or 32.5% of the total adult population, are fully vaccinated with any of the three US-approved vaccines

The milestone comes a day after the global death toll from the virus surpassed 3 million people, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global deaths average 12,000 per day.

In the US, the rate of new Covid-19 cases every day remains high across the country. The country reports an average of around 68,000 new infections every day. CDC data shows that an average of 3.3 million daily doses of vaccine have been administered over the past week.

Jeff Zients, White House Covid-19 response coordinator, said the hiatus in Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, which came after reports of six cases of rare cerebral blood clots, would not slow the vaccination campaign as the country has enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccines disposes.

The Chief Medical Officer of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday he thinks the U.S. will likely resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with a warning or restriction, and expects a decision to be made once the CDC’s vaccine advisory panel meets on Friday to discuss the resumption.

“I guess we will continue to use it in some form,” Fauci said during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I seriously doubt they’ll just cancel it. I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

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