COVID-19 Cases Rising Despite Vaccination Program

March 24, 2021
Killian Meara

Some states are seeing troubling COVID-19 trends in recent weeks.

This article was originally published in ContagionLive.

New cases are beginning in increase in the US as several states are lifting restrictions aimed at combating COVID-19, coupled with wide-spread pandemic fatigue, resulting in the 7-day average of new cases rising 2.6%, while deaths and hospitalizations continue to decrease.

The United Arab Emirates has stated that some people may need a third dose of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, after initial tests have discovered that the shot did not deliver a sufficient immune response following the administration of 2 doses.

A new study is currently in the works to see whether a third dose would be beneficial or not.

In Pakistan, where vaccine hesitancy is already an issue, the countries prime minister Imran Khan contracted COVID-19 shortly after receiving his first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine. Public health officials are worried that this will raise fears of unfounded claims that the vaccines do not work and will lead to more people not getting their shots. The Health Ministry sent out a message that the prime minister was not fully vaccinated immediately after the news broke to try and calm the public.

United States124.48 million37.22 per 100
China74.96 million 5.21 per 100
India45.07 million3.27 per 100
United Kingdom29.86 million43.99 per 100
Brazil13.56 million6.38 per 100
Turkey13.06 million15.48 per 100
Germany10.47 million12.5 per 100
Israel9.74 million112.52 per 100
France8.57 million 12.58 per 100
Chile8.47 million44.31 per 100

Data Table per Our World in Data (March 22, 2021, 12 AM EST)

In Miami, officials have declared a state of emergency and have implemented an 8 pm curfew as crowds of spring breakers have been moving throughout the city and have been ignoring restrictions, leading to fears that a new surge will be a result.

California1470817537.22 per 100
Texas961186733.14 per 100
Florida818688838.11 per 100
New York737164437.89 per 100
Illinois496079239.14 per 100
Pennsylvania463997136.24 per 100
Ohio436451337.33 per 100
North Carolina400286738.16 per 100
Michigan368137836.86 per 100
New Jersey358168640.32 per 100

Data Table per CDC COVID-19 Tracker (March 22, 2021, 6 AM EST)

For more information on COVID-19 vaccination research, distribution, and assessment, check out some of these recent Contagion stories:

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