Story at a glance
- Last month, coronavirus case rates began rising as states started opening despite low vaccination rates.
- Now, at least one-third of Americans over the age of 18 years are fully vaccinated, and more than half have received at least one dose.
- At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted a 10 percent drop in the seven-day moving average of coronavirus cases.
Finally, some good news. After case rates began rising in mid-March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the average seven-day case rate had fallen by 10 percent just as the United States passes the one-third mark in vaccinations.
"The efficacy seen in clinical trials is now being shown in the real world," said the CDC in an update.
This is awesome bc each time @CDCDirector has spoken in the last couple of weeks it's been about how cases are still rising— Jacquie Lee (@_jacquie_lee) April 23, 2021
We're starting to see how rising vaccine rates are paying off https://t.co/SmFEKt4vqy
One in 3 people in the United States over the age of 18 years are fully vaccinated, reported the CDC, and more than half have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which the agency reports reduces risk of infection by up to 90 percent. Last week, all American adults became eligible for a vaccine, but some parts of the country are reporting that demand is tapering off.
Public health experts have estimated that 70 to 80 percent of the population will need to be vaccinated in order for the country to reach herd immunity, which means that there is still a ways to go. The seven-day moving average of new hospital admissions also continues to increase, although deaths are declining.
"Getting a vaccine will help protect you, help protect others, and help end the pandemic. More vaccinations equals fewer infections and fewer variants," said the CDC, which is asking Americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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