US COVID-19 Vaccine Program Expanding Again

April 19, 2021
Killian Meara

Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause will soon end.

This article was originally published in ContagionLive.

As of April 19, every state in the US expanded its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include all adults over the age of 16 to meet the standard President Joe Biden put forth in early April.

The country is now administering 3.2 million doses a day on average, and half of adults have now received at least 1 dose. Additionally, 84.3 million people have now been fully vaccinated against the disease.

On Sunday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert Anthony S. Fauci, MD, said that he believed the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will likely be lifted on Friday.

During interviews on talk shows, Fauci stated that he expected federal health officials to decide on the vaccine’s future by the end of the week and that he did not anticipate the vaccine being permanently banned.

In a statement on Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they will supply an additional 100 million dose to the European Union, bringing the total number of vaccines the 2 companies have supplied to 600 million doses.

The Union hopes that the additional doses will help to accelerate the inoculation program.

United States

209.41 million

62.61 per 100

China

192.13 million

13.35 per 100

India

123.85 million

8.97 per 100

United Kingdom

42.78 million

63.02 per 100

Brazil

32.81 million

15.44 per 100

Germany

21.95 million

26.19 per 100

Turkey

19.97 million

23.68 per 100

France

17.01 million

24.97 per 100

Indonesia

16.69 million

6.1 per 100

Russia

16.17 million

11.08 per 100

Data Table per Our World in Data (April 18, 2021, 12 AM EST)

In the US, Dr. Anthony Fauci also added to his remarks that he believes all children will most likely be eligible to receive a vaccination by the first quarter of 2022. He said he thinks all children of basically any age should be able to receive a shot against COVID-19, and expects high school kids to be eligible by the fall.

California

26,092,008

66.03 per 100

Texas

16,539,082

57.03 per 100

New York

13,531,789

69.55 per 100

Florida

13,397,449

62.37 per 100

Pennsylvania

8,517,810

66.53 per 100

Illinois

8,189,755

64.63 per 100

Ohio

7,339,803

62.79 per 100

New Jersey

6,269,398

70.58 per 100

North Carolina

6,244,401

59.53 per 100

Michigan

6,158,414

61.66 per 100

Data Table per CDC COVID-19 Tracker (April 18, 2021, 6 AM EST)

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